blown glass • paintings on glass
In addition to my single blown glass forms of fruit, glass platters and vases, I also create sculptural environments that make a comment on universal experiences usually on domestic themes. My research, ideas and concepts come from life observations. These sculptures are small worlds and landscape portraits with life-sized objects and sometimes tiny cast sterling silver and gold people. They create a surrealistic time and place. I also make bowls of realistic fruit and bowls of vegetables. My sculptures combine wood and glass, a series I call "Pear in a Chair" and "Wedding Pair". These are made with the collaboration of my husband John Martner who fabricates the tiny wood chairs and love seats.
Painting with low fire glass paints and fusing them on tiles, glass and blown glass, creating landscapes of the prairie seen from my studio window, areas around Wisconsin and visions of landscapes from my many travels, has been a recent addition to my work in glass. These glass paint paintings are an extension of my work with blown glass extending more than 50 years, as well as a return to my roots as an oil painter.
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DEMONSTRATION: I will be describing the glass blowing techniques and the tools and equipment needed to run a studio. A video of my glass blowing will be available. I will be happy to answer all questions on the mechanics and business aspects of operating a glass studio.
STUDIO ACCESS: Our studio is an old renovated cheese factory with posters, photos and lots of space for my creative work. Along with a glass blowing studio on the first floor, there is my husband’s wood shop and my painting studio upstairs. There is first floor access to the glass blowing area and outside access to the upper floor with out using the stairs.
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