I first began working with stained glass in the 1980s. Many people ask about the difference between stained and fused glass. In stained glass, after I come up with a design, I cut the pieces of glass and fit them into the pattern I created. Then I wrap each piece with either lead or copper and solder the pieces together.
Here are some examples of my stained glass work.
Good Morning Sunshine
I began working in fused glass soon after I fell in love with stained glass.
Fused glass allows for more experimentation as you produce a piece. The process is similar to building a collage. I cut pieces of glass, or use frit, which are small pieces of glass in various levels of coarseness. Then I melt the glass according to my design in a kiln, usually to about 1500 degrees F. Depending on the design, each fused glass piece could take as many as six or more firings in the kiln.
Lucy and Ethel
Harry and Sally
pattern bar square dish
orange pattern bar
Blue and Black Pattern Dish
Working deep abstract
working deep landscape
working deep landscape
Some of my favorite chanukiot were and still are bold, colorful creations designed to highlight the holiday and the dancing flames. But when my daughter moved into a small Boston apartment, she asked for something more apartment-sized. And so I also began designing the flat fused glass chanukiot pictured here, scaled down for a smaller living space. Both offer beautiful ways to celebrate Chanukah.
This is the shtetl menorah, one of my favorite.
Dichroic glass on cobalt blue. 14 inches wide by 8.5 inches high.
Sculpture and Menorah
Jewelry offers me the opportunity to play with colors and shapes on a smaller scale. These pieces are perfect for holidays, birthday gifts, or for no reason at all.
From very early on in my glass explorations, I've incorporated elements of Jewish traditions, symbols, and stories. From Moses and the burning bush, to the seven days of creation, to a plate of hamentaschen for Purim, I enjoy bringing Judaism alive in glass.
Moses and the Burning Bush
A Still Small Voice
I've been fortunate enough to take classes from a wide variety of glass artists, many nationally and internationally known, to learn different techniques and to expand my knowledge and practice. Each one has helped me to deepen my knowledge of the possibilities of working in glass.