Hello and thank you for visiting our AMusinGlass website!
Our art is designed to be held, loved and integrated into your daily life, with colorful bowls and plates, wall art and light sconces to brighten your home or work space and unique jewelry to bring a creative statement to your style.
Fused glass is our passion and despite the occasional kiln disaster – and we have all had our share – we all love the challenges and potential of working in glass.
Creating this kind of artwork is different than blowing glass or working with a torch. Using this process, you can’t see the piece as it is being created, since the magic happens within the kiln as the glass comes up to firing temperature and then cools. The heat changes the glass and creates a unique piece every time.
Seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they see the finished pieces and bring the magic of glass into their homes is an incredible feeling, and one we never get tired of.
I’ve been an artist all my life, in mediums including sewing, needlework, macrame, painting, pottery, card, paper and jewelry making. Once I discovered the process of glass fusing, I knew I’d found my passion, and that passion is poured into every piece I create.
My journey into glass began when I was running a craft supply store (S.A.G.E. Crafts) in Sedona. I was working with and teaching classes on using Precious Metal Clay (PMC) when I came across fused dichroic glass cabochons, which many artists were incorporating into their PMC pieces. When I realized I could use the same kiln I fired my PMC work in to create my own glass cabochons, I was hooked. Swiftly, fused glass became the medium I worked in.
Before all of this, I had the good fortune to start a business with a few friends, providing PC-based networking software back in 1986. Seven years later, it went public and I was able to retire from the business age 33 with the freedom to discover my true calling. After leaving the software business, I founded and was the Board Chair of Ringing Rocks Foundation, a non-profit foundation working with indigenous healers around the world, from 1995 to 2009. I am also a life coach and healer, and founder of Creative Gateways, comprising collaborative artist’s studios and gallery space here in Sedona, where our studio is based.
I call myself a “professional thing maker”, and right now I’m loving exploring the challenges and discipline working in glass brings.
I grew up in California, and my father was a technical illustrator – even as a very small child I had a pencil in my hand. I was always “good at art” in grade school, and it was the natural decision for me to study art at University. Originally focusing on being an illustrator, I later began to concentrate on industrial/product design and woodworking when I discovered the magical world of tools and machines in the school Shop. Upon graduating from UCLA, I headed to the east coast to become a carpenter and explore fine homebuilding.
My move to Arizona came at the request of an old buddy who wanted help building a house for his Mom. We built the house and I ended up staying on, opening a custom cabinet shop and building unique, cutting edge furniture. After a delightful, engaging, and satisfying 35 year run, I finally burnt out a couple years ago, and I asked the universe “Please, send me a new medium”. Two days later I spotted an ad: “Glass artist needs studio assistant”…
For me, glass is a natural extension of my inherent abilities, art training, and technical skills – and being part of a creative community means I’m able to get inspired by other artists and incorporate my other passions, like photography and printmaking, too.
Now I’m in a new place artistically; I’m exploring again. It’s fun! I wake up excited to go to the studio on Monday mornings and see what my experiments will bring this week.
I was born in nearby Flagstaff, to parents who were both artists. I was being trained in working with colors and values by the time I was 2! But I was never sure if becoming a full time artist was just a dream. I moved to Maui at eighteen and worked at a glass shop, eventually becoming manager, and learning a lot about hot glass – but never getting to be a creator myself.
When I returned to Arizona, the opportunity came up to join AMusinGlass and start working in warm glass. Compared to the drawing and painting I’ve done previously, I love that glass is something solid you can touch and hold. A lot of what I learned about color and value still applies – but there’s an added element of surprise. Two different colors might react together and create something completely unusual. It can be challenging. You put a lot of work and thought into something, and put it into the kiln and then you have to release your attachment and surrender to what will happen.
Right now I feel like I’m still learning and experimenting, still learning a lot of the techniques. I love making tie dye bowls; taking glass that might otherwise be thrown away and reusing it. I picture that bowl in someone’s home; I love the thought of my art becoming part of someone’s life. That’s why I love making incense holders – people use them with an intention, and it’s an honor to be a part of creating that.
We generally start with layers of transparent or opaque sheet glass, powdered glass (called frit), and thin threads of glass (called stringers). We create layers from these different types of glass and decorate them or incorporate ‘inclusions’ from different materials to add texture and excitement. (These might include pieces of glass pre-cut into shapes, slices of millefiori (an Italian word for “thousand flowers”) canes , copper washers, or pieces of copper mesh cut into shapes.)
After creating the effect we want, we usually end with a layer of clear glass on top that adds depth to the piece.The heat of the kiln melts all the glass together with the inclusions to make a new, thick piece of glass, called a blank.
These blanks are then laid over a mold and fired in the kiln once more. Now, the glass melts slowly into the mold during a process called slumping and holds its new shape as it cools in the kiln. The end result is a shaped piece that has depth, instead of being flat like a tile.
We use molds to shape the glass into all kinds of items, from bowls and plates to business card holders and kitchenware.
In addition to the artwork available to buy on this site, we love creating custom pieces to order, with color and inclusion combinations of your choosing. You can place an order for custom glass by visiting our CustomMade.com portfolio.
You can see what’s going on in the studio here on the blog or visit us in our studio at Creative Gateways, and if you have questions you can send us a note through the Contact page.
If you want to send fan mail, write to us at 45 Birch Boulevard, Sedona, AZ, 86336.
Where color and texture come alive through the magical alchemy of fused glass. Do your home and work spaces feel beautiful and inspiring? Are you looking for a splash of creative color to spark your own creative energy? We create beautiful and functional pieces of art glass in unique handmade designs for your home or work space.