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I have always loved making art. I have a neurological disorder and a visual impairment and so I see the world differently from other people. The first time I started working in glass, I felt like I could finally show people what it is like to live in my world.
Cheryl Roth, the talented artist who runs Sunfire Ceramics in Lawrence, Kansas, taught me how to make this kind of art, and she is the one who fires my pieces.
Here are some things you need to know about kiln-formed glass before you buy any of my work. First, kiln-formed glass starts with a single pane of glass as a base. That base is usually clear but it can be plain white or black. Then you glue small pieces of colored glass to the base. You cut the colored glass with special tools (always wearing eye protection!)
I like all the colors of the glass so I try to make pieces with a lot of different colors in them. I like to put all kinds of shapes together. Sometimes I use glass pebbles in my pieces. Those are fun to work with.
The glass is then melted in a really hot kiln, and shaped. The glass sometimes shows stress marks from the shaping, or gets a little cloudy where the pieces melt together, or has little bubbles. The glass melts in a free-flowing way, so every piece of glass looks different. So, for example, the vases/candleholders all have slightly different shapes even though they were formed in the same way.
All of that is a natural part of the process, and it not an imperfection. It is art. It should not look like it came from Walmart.
It is very expensive to make kiln-formed glass, and that is why these pieces cost what they do. I love making this glass and hope you love looking at it.
Because this is all one-of-a-kind art, I can’t refund your money if you decide you don’t like the art after all. Please don’t buy anything unless you are really sure you love it.
I wrap each item carefully before shipping it, and I use almost all recycled materials (from two local companies) for this process.
I track and insure all packages so if something happens during shipping (the glass is broken or chipped), you’ll be reimbursed. Shipping prices shown are for regular ground shipping in the United States only. I use the United States Postal Service to ship everything. If you would like me to use a different shipper, or if you would like to receive your item faster, or if you live outside of the US, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how much shipping will cost.
If you live in Kansas, you will have to pay sales tax, so just email me at email@example.com ahead of time and I will calculate what that cost will be.
To clean your glass, just use a damp sponge. A mild soap is okay, and you can use the rough side of a sponge if there’s a sticky spot. But don’t use anything too abrasive or you could scratch the glass. If you are using the vases for candleholders, be sure that the glass is not too cold when you light the candle. Regular votive candles or tea lights will fit inside the vases.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org