As a self-taught husband and wife team, we feed off each other’s ideas by exploring the possibilities in a new style of sculpture, or new technique. We love what we do and that joy translates into our work. We derive inspiration from many sources, fabric patterns, Asian designs, and seascapes. Often, just a mix of colors in a photograph can be our inspiration.
Our sculpture and wall hangings reflect the inner energy of life. One of the challenges of using glass as a sculptural material is to find a way to work with color and light that will not detract from the original idea. We design work that will be enhanced by this unique characteristic, adding movement to the image by reacting to variations in light. Utilizing a vibrant color palette, our work is an expression of joyful imagination, inviting the viewer to smile, to laugh with delight.
We use many processes and tools in the creation of our work. In fusing, the piece is set up cold, using a variety of techniques in common with traditional stained glass and mosaics. This assemblage is fired in a kiln to fuse all of the individual pieces together into one single piece of glass. As many as four firings may be required to achieve the desired appearance and form. Many of our pieces are slumped (or bent) to give the impression of waves and movement. In the last few years, crushed glass, called frit, has become a very prominent feature in our work. By blending the frits and adding gold accents we achieve a painterly effect that resembles cloisonné.
We create stunning jewelry by framing our fused glass cabochons with gold and sterling silver wire. Each cab is created individually and typically has 4 to 5 layers of glass and frit. Many pieces include dichroic accents. Our unique wraps were designed to reveal and accent the glass.