Medium: Fused Glass/Photography/Jewelry
Web Site: http://www.sandymooneystudios.etsy.com
Fused Glass: Working with glass is a process I find fascinating. Creating a piece of fused glass requires cutting out pieces of glass, layering them in a kiln, and firing them to a temperature where the glass slightly melts and fuses together. The resulting sandwich of glass may then be fired again in a mold to create a three-dimensional piece. It may also be enameled, metals may be embedded in the glass - there are all kinds of possibilities. Generally, I use three kinds of glass - dichroic, Bullseye, and float. Dichroic glass has a metallic coating and is extremely reflective and color-changing. Bullseye is thicker glass and may be opalescent, transparent, and may have a number of different surface treatments. Float glass is flat window pane glass which I paint with enamels, then fire in a kiln using a mold.
Photography: I think of myself as primarily a nature photographer but I also like architecturally interesting objects, people, old buildings - usually what catches my eye.
Jewelry: My jewelry is all handmade and one-of-a-kind. The pieces ae mostly made from natural gemstones but may include Swarovski crystals, glass, or other materials.
I have always done some kind of art since I can remember. It was mostly drawing when I was young. I took all the art classes available in school and went through the Graphic Design program at Spokane Falls Community College; which, at the time, was an equal blend of fine art and illustration. About 7 years ago I got a little more serious about design work and started making and selling jewelry. Three years ago the glass bug bit, so last year I bought a kiln and began making larger pieces. This past winter my photography was brought into the mix.
This artist is exhibiting at: Studio 5