Artist: G Glass
I began collecting art in the late 80s -- primarily works on paper and prints. I was introduced to the Penland School of Craft in the early 90s and soon became fascinated with glass as a medium. I was honored to be elected to the Penland Board and Board members were encouraged to take a class so that they might better understand Penland and why students sought to become “makers”. In November of 2011, before retiring at the end of that year as an attorney, I took a class with Tim Tate followed by a week of instruction with Shane Fero - Tim and Shane have been my mentors in my journey to becoming a flame worker. I use borosilicate glass for my sculptures and chain link bracelets and necklaces and use soft “Moretti” glass for color. Some years ago, I became fascinated with glass chains which make up the core of my jewelry. The process I use for crafting the glass chains has evolved over the years—it is tedious, but I view the results as very rewarding. A few years ago, in connection with a commission for some blue wedding earrings I began making hollow beads primarily out of transparent glass and incorporating them into my earrings. The hollow beads are extremely light! I enjoy being a “maker” and continue to explore what can be done with a torch and a glass rod.