Stained Glass Windows for a Remodeled Home- Honu Serenade

Stained Glass Windows Compliment a Sliding Glass Door

The two stained glass windows were part of a complete home remodel.  The plan for the  master bedroom included a new set of sliding glass doors that would open out onto a second story lanai.  The two side windows would be done in stained glass.  The stained glass windows would add color to the decor, privacy for the bedroom area and provide an opportunity for the home owners’ interests to be a part of the finished look.

stained glass windows for remodeled home

Two stained glass windows as part of a remodeling project

Interests and Passions as Design Inspiration

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Honu Serenade (left)

Gale  loves Hawaiian sea turtles – honu, and so the design for the pair of windows started with that element as a certainty.  She is also an accomplished quilter.  While visiting their home, I got to see some of her beautiful creations. The colors of one of her favorite quilts inspired the palette for the background glass.  I used a range of blues from pale to navy with areas of textured clear glass as well.  When developing the design, knowing the client’s passions and talents provides a source of ideas to bring to the table that might otherwise remain untapped.

Arnie is an avid deep sea diver and underwater photographer and has taken some amazing photos of both honu and other sea creatures.  He is partial to parrot fish (uhu), and Moorish idols (kihikihi).  I wanted the placement of these various creatures to create a sense of movement in the design.  In this way, I could unite the design of the two windows even with the sliding door between them.

Including Fused Glass Elements in a Traditional Stained Glass Window

The glass for the parrot fish and Moorish idols combines fused glass with traditional stained glass techniques.  I used glass powder  fired onto the base glass to get the yellow pigment of the Moorish idols and the vivd colorings of the parrot fish.  In addition, fusing allowed me to add some expressive lines to the parrot fish that really brings them to life.  Combining fused glass techniques and elements into a traditional stained glass window provides more design opportunities that stained glass alone.

A Successful Remodeling Project

stained glass windows for architectural installation

Honu Serenade (right)

It was wonderful seeing their faces once the windows were installed.  The installation not only marked the conclusion of an lengthy remodeling project but the beginning of having a new master bedroom to enjoy for years to come.  Gale named the turtles and I suspect she says goodnight them.

 

 

 

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Donating Fused Glass For A Good Cause -Defending The Endangered

donating fused glass coasters to Defending the Endangered Celebrity Gala

Large Hand Raked Glass Coasters

Donating Fused Glass Coasters -Defending the Endangered 

Auctions are a great way for organizations to raise money for their causes.  They’re also an opportunity for artists to contribute.  This winter, I am donating fused glass coasters to the silent auction at the Defending the Endangered Celebrity Gala.  The organization raises money to support efforts that protect animals and their habitat.  I created hand raked glass that combines earth, sea and sky tones.   This expresses the various environments that are being cared for.  Each coaster has a band of color where I kiln carved various designs.  I used the ideas of fur prints, hoof prints, scales and plumage to inspire the designs.

donating fused glass coasters to Defending the Endangered Celebrity Gala

fused glass coasters nestled in a woven lauhala basket

Celebrity Gala

Defending the Endangered is holding its Celebrity Gala on February 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  For more information about the organization, please follow this link:  www.defendingtheendangered.com

If you would like information about the event or to purchase tickets, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651500595143126/

All the best for the new year:)

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Fire’s Top Fine Arts Maker of 2016- Caron Art Glass:)

TOP FINE ARTS MAKER: CARON ART GLASS

Congratulations to CaronArtsGlass for winning Top Fine Arts Maker in the Great American Maker Search presented by ArtFire!

Michelle Caron is truly devoted to her handicraft of fused glass sculpture, tableware, decor and more! Her work is one of a kind and we think you’ll agree.

Michelle Caron in her studio

Michelle Caron in her studio

Michelle set herself apart by gathering her fan base for support and showed us her independence and dedication to handmade. She has a small studio in Kane’ohe, Hawaii and has been creating with glass for 20 years. You could say she’s got a passion for it. Working with glass offers Michelle challenges and discoveries with each new project.gms-fineart-badge

The art I create expresses what is important about hand made. It is small scale, deliberate, and unique. My pieces allow me to share my passion with others.

Three part sculpture on marble base

Three part sculpture on marble base

ArtFire: As a Great Maker, what inspires you to make the amazing things you do?

Michelle: Glass is such an amazing material to work with and each project opens new avenues to explore. Fused glass allows for a lot of experimentation and each time I open the kiln it’s a bit like seeing what’s under the Christmas tree. Hawaii is an amazing source of inspiration. The landscape, culture, and traditions offer so many sparks that I rarely feel at a loss for ideas. Right now I’m working on a piece inspired by a type of Japanese textile called sashiko- a dense everyday type of weave often worn by laborers.

Fused glass sun catcher

ArtFire: What makes your craft so special, compared to other makers who do the same?

Michelle: One of the techniques that I’m very drawn to is glass raking. I enjoy creating my own glass by heating colors to near molten and then raking across the surface. The process creates color modulations, combinations and forms that are amazing. I then use this glass in a variety of projects from sculptures and wall art to table ware and jewelry. The raked glass makes each piece truly unique.

After Midnight – Fused Glass Sculpture

Pele’s Thumb Print – fused glass bottle stoppers

ArtFire: In a few words, tell us what makes you a Great Maker?

Michelle: The art I create expresses what is important about handmade. It is small, deliberate, and unique. My pieces allow me to share my passion with others.

Fused glass ceiling lamp

Fused glass ceiling lamp

You can learn more about Michelle and her background with fused glass here.


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Fused Glass Wall Art – Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca - left panelFused Glass Wall Art

Fused glass wall art provides a burst of color for any room.  This particular project is a replacement for a kitchen window.  The client had remodeled his home and what had once been an exterior window was now an interior wall.  The idea was to create a glass piece that would fill the former window space and be lit from behind.  The client provided me with many photos of places he and his wife had traveled.  The photo from their stay at Lake Titicaca was selected for both the memories and the vibrant colors.

 

Hand Raked Glass Provides a Bold Fauvist Palette

Lake Titicaca left panelI really enjoy raking glass.  For me, it’s a bit like cooking in that my approach is to first create a series of color recipes. Which colors are the primary flavors and then which will provide the contrast or spice?  How will the various raked areas or plates interact, contrast and support each other?  Once I have my recipes sketched out, I begin the assemblage of the colored glass onto the iridescent clear glass base.  I like to use nippers to beak up the glass as they can achieve the most unusual shapes with twists and turns that somehow the glass can permit.  I don’t usually have a plan for this phase- I just keep adding colors and shapes until it tastes right.

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This project gave me the opportunity to create a diptych of Lake Titicaca entirely with raked glass.  The palette is so vibrant and the gradations and movement of color give the piece a very painterly, Fauvist look.  I’ve kept all of the remnants which I use like choice left overs in other dishes that I’m still making.

 

 

 

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Fused Glass Panel – Change of Command Gift

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Change of Command Gift – fused glass panel

Fused Glass Panel

I created this panel as a Change of Command Gift.  The design is a rendition of the regimental patch for the 27th Infantry nicknamed the “wolfhounds.”  Their mascot Kolchak is an actual Russian wolfhound that lives on base.  I created central element of panel by cutting each piece of glass and then fusing them together under a cap of clear glass.  The lettering was the big challenge.  I built the border border using traditional stained glass methods.  The panel was a gift for the departing commander’s wife as part of the Change of Command ceremony.

 

 

 

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Stained Glass Room Divider: Beveled Glass and Clear Textured Glass

stained glass window room divider beveled glass clear textured glass Boca Raton

stained glass room divider – Boca Raton

Stained Glass Room Divider

As part of a home remodel, the client and his wife wanted to add a window that would allow light to enter the dining room.  Because the window would be part of an interior wall, the window needed to be attractive from the dining room and provide privacy for the bathroom that was on the opposite side.

Beveled Glass and Clear Textured Glass

stained glass window room divider beveled glass clear textured glass Boca Raton

beveled glass and clear textured glass

The client and his wife wanted a design that featured beveled glass and a selection of clear textured glass.  This is a classic combination that would provide both timeless elegance and privacy.  The design incorporated several bevel clusters, stock bevels and fused glass nuggets.   I reworked the elements to create a design that flows horizontally.  The central cluster is in reminiscent of a compass, inspired by the client’s Portuguese heritage.

Boca Raton from ppposite side

 

The combination of bevels and textured clear glass makes for a timeless look that the client will enjoy for years to come.

 

 

 

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Happy National Small Business Week

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Happy National Small Business week -Caron Art Glass logo

National Small Business Week

Happy National Small Business Week! Endurance International Group is featuring Caron Art Glass in a blog posting this month.   They are recognizing various small businesses from around the country.  Endurance International Group is the parent company of Fat Cow, the host of my website.   If you’d like to take a look, here’s the link:

http://endurance.com/our-mission/small-business-advocacy/smbsuperstar-caron-art-glass

 

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Stained Glass Window Celebrates Three Generations

stained glass window celebrates three generations I love you to the moon

Stained glass Panel Celebrates Three Generations- I Love You to the Moon

Stained Glass Window Celebrates Three Generations

This stained glass panel celebrates three generations of the client’s family.  The client was gifting it as a Christmas gift to her mother. She wanted the design to include her two daughters and her mother and to use her mother’s favorite colors, yellow, orange and red. We had a few conversations about shared interests, special events and memories to help guide the design.  The client remembered that her mother had always wanted to have a family portrait done.   Each of them would pose dressed in white, flowing drapery. She also remembered one of her mom’s favorite sayings that she remembered hearing when she was a girl: “I love you to the moon.”

stained glass window celebrates three generations I love you to the moon

Three Generations -I love you to the Moon

Because this was a family portrait, I thought it was important to include all three generations. The client agreed and so all four of them are wearing flowing robes like Greek muses. The client and her two daughters are standing, each carrying a sunflower.  They are gathered around her mother who is seated.  She has a bouquet of sunflowers on her lap. A scrolled banner bearing the quote “I love you to the Moon’ is in the foreground.

stained glass window celebrates three generations I love you to the moon

Three Generations -sunflowers closeup

The client wanted the faces to have some detail to them.  I worked from photos to get the faces to look realistic.   I wanted the sunflowers to really stand out as they were  were an important part of the imagery.  By tack fusing the elements I was able to achieve a dimensional quality. I did the lettering in liquid gold and fired it to a high temperature for a brilliant luster.

The finished window is a testament to the strong bonds of this close-knit family.

 

 

 

 

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Wine Serving Platter of Hand Raked Fused Glass and Up-Cycled Wine Crate Ends

Unique Wine Serving Tray

wine serving tray of hand raked glass and up-cycled French wine crate end

Château Mazails wine tray

Combining my hand raked fused glass with French wine crate ends to create a unique wine serving tray seems obvious now.  But at first, I wasn’t sure what to do with these wonderful crate ends.  As someone who enjoys all things viticulture, I was immediately drawn to the listing by the folks at Vintage French Linens.  Once I received them and saw all of the wonderful logo art from the various Bordeaux wineries, I knew my challenge was to see how I could transform them into something interesting while also maintaining their artistic integrity.

wine serving tray of hand raked glass and up-cycled French wine crate end

l’Heritage d’Aupenac wine tray

Sometimes the Most Straight Forward Idea Is the Best

At first, I had visions of complicated mosaic work.  I could incorporate fused wine bottles to create mosaic tiles and including wine labels, corks, anything to do with wine.  My imagination went wild and someday I may give that a try.  But this was not the time.  I decided to create large wine coasters using hand raked glass and combine that with the wine crate end to produce a unique wine serving tray.  For one of the trays, I chose winter night blues and for another, the colors of the fall vineyard just at harvest time.

Though I cut into the crate end to create the space for the wine coaster, the winery logo is in tact flowing from the raked glass.  The bottle of wine nestles in the coaster while 4 wine glasses can be served on the crate end.  I sealed the wood to prevent drips from staining it.  The piece is framed in mahogany and has rubbed bronze handles on either end.  Sometimes the most straight forward idea is the best.

À votre santé!

 

 

 

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