funky fusion

'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. It was an amazing experience to create a piece of art by layering pieces of colored and patterned glass, then firing these pieces in a kiln. The process of firing glass at high temperatures and then slowly cooling the pieces allows two or more pieces of glass to fuse into a single piece.  The higher the temperature, the more thoroughly the stack of glass will fuse 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.  A grinder, tabletop ring saw, and a large kiln later, and '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 quilting pattern.

I started out making jewelry and have expanded into functional items such as plates and coasters, and decorative items such as wall flower pockets, mobiles, and Judaica. I enjoy experimenting and love the moment when the kiln is opened. Many of the designs are abstract, and no two pieces are alike; I hope you enjoy my art glass as much as I enjoy making them.