Tell us a little about yourself.
My interest in art was stirred by my art teacher in Germany who introduced us to many art forms, let us experiment with different mediums, and took our class to visit art museums. But it was not until the early 90s that my focus changed from admiring other artists work to getting actively involved in the creative process. When I took a stained glass class I knew that this is what I wanted to do. I find the process of making a stained glass piece deeply satisfying, and seeing how the light enhances the colors and textures of the finished artwork is always exciting to me.
How long have you been part of Commonwheel?
What does making art mean to you?
Working with glass makes me happy and gives me inner peace. I strive to combine form, texture and color into a harmonious piece of artwork that will transform and brighten the surrounding space. Nobody said it better than Louis Comfort Tiffany: “Color is to the eye what music is to the ear”.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am finishing up some nature pieces and am starting to create smaller suncatchers as well as fused glass jewelry for our upcoming Holiday Market.
Tell us about your process—walk us through the steps of your flowing creativity to achieve one of your works.
My process starts with drawing a design followed by the selection of glass. This is the creative and most crucial part and applies to large windows as well as to my smaller table art and suncatchers. After that it is mostly craft: cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering, reinforcing and applying patina. Most of my pieces are done using the copper foil technique which was made popular by Louis Comfort Tiffany as it allows for more intricate designs than the traditional lead came.
What reaction do you want of the public looking at your artwork?
Adding a stained glass art piece to a room will transform the mood of the space and I hope that my composition of color, texture and movement will brighten the viewer’s spirits.
What is your favorite piece recent work? And why?
I like them all.
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