First off, I love glass -- the smoothness, vibrant colors, and the amazing art that can be made from it.
About 15 years ago, I took a glass blowing class at Jacksonville University. This was amazing and very difficult. I admire all glass blowers. In my opinion, to be able to manipulate molten glass with your breath and movement of the rod is really a testament of artistic and engineering ability.
Glass blowing led to glass fusing. I am a very tactile person and found that it was easier and more satisfying for me to be able to manipulate the glass with my hands. I took a class in glass fusing and it sealed the deal.
That was about 13 years ago.
In the meantime, I taught school and created in other ways. But, I always wanted to get back to glass fusing somehow. When I retired, I purchased a kiln with a bonus I received from teaching in an "A" school in Florida. The kiln sat in my garage for a good 7-8 months before I finally got around to firing it up. I was a little nervous because I really didn't know what I was doing.
During those 7-8 months, I took stained glass classes. I like creating with stained glass,which is cut and assembled with lead came to make a design. I love creating with stained glass as well. I still go to weekly classes and love it. While there, the studio offered a 2 day fused glass class and I jumped on it! I learned enough to fire my kiln and give it a shot. I haven't turned the kiln off since.
Here a a few of the items I have made: