'Funky Fusion' was launched in 2012. After retiring as a college administrator in 2010, I took a fused-glass class at Snow Farm, an arts education program located on a beautiful farm in Williamsburg MA. I learned how to cut and design glass, experiment with layering colored and patterned pieces of glass, then firing these pieces in a kiln. The process of firing glass at different temperatures created different effects as the glass fuses into a single piece. The higher the temperature, the more thoroughly the glass fuses together creating softer and rounder edges.
After taking other classes at Snow Farm and at Studio K's Glass Castle in Somers CT, I bought a small tabletop kiln and started making wearable art that other people seemed to enjoy. After purchasing a grinder, tabletop ring saw, and a large kiln, 'Funky Fusion' was up and running!
I have always been interested in the arts: drawing, photography, quilting, and beading. The transition to glass seemed like a natural progression. I continue to incorporate photography and beading into my work and find playing with glass and trying to determine what pieces work best together is reminiscent of layering pieces of fabric to create a quilt..
I continue to take glass classes and online courses to expand my knowledge and learn new techniques. I enjoy experimenting and love the moment when the kiln is opened. Many of my designs are abstract, and no two pieces are alike; I hope you enjoy my art glass as much as I enjoy making them.
Made with glass powders and slumped in a mold
Photographic image fused onto glass and inserted in memory light by New Ricky Stained Glass
Glass beads strung on memory wire
Fused glass with beads
Fused glass Menorahs & Chanukah plates, Mezuzahs & Jewish stars
Made with powdered glass and organic matter
( leaves) to create a fossil-like image
Made with glass powder, water and marble feet
Sea glass pendants with fused glass cabochon
Made with splatter dichroic glass to create depth and sparkle