decorative and functional kiln-formed glass
In 2006, I plunged into the world of kiln-formed glass. The connection was so strong that within months
I was gearing up my own glass studio. It is here
that I design, analyze
Glass is a complex medium and its inherent difficulties satisfy my thirst for experimentation. Armed with 20-plus years of graphic design experience, I create art that incorporates the unusual: copper inclusions, reactive glasses, sandblasting, kiln-carving or a difficult kiln schedule.
Clean lines, vibrant color, fluid design. My work is described as precise, well-composed explosions of color - a nod to my desire to maintain order while including an element of surprise. Each piece reflects my passion for color, texture and contemporary design, and invites the viewer to touch and take a closer look.
My greatest joy comes from seeing a viewer completely consumed by a piece...
and hearing the excitement in their voice as they describe EXACTLY where it will be displayed in their home. Energy, happiness and delight are built into each work of art. My studies continue in experimenting with new ways to add depth, dimension and texture, ensuring the uniqueness of my work and the evolution of my learning.
The Process: While the fusing process is challenging for many, I embrace the trial-and-error process. All of my work begins as a single sheet of glass. I layer cut glass, crushed glass (frit) and glass rods (stringers) to add color, texture and dimension.
Most of my work requires two, three or four firings that take 18 to 24 hours each to achieve the end result. The pieces are fired in a glass kiln following very precise schedules. With each firing between 1200 and 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, glass is fully fused into a single layer, embellishments are tack-fused to the surface and the piece
is slumped into a mold. Three days later when I finally open the kiln for the last time,
I discover my new ‘favorite’ piece.
Utilizing her graphic design background, Donna brings an experienced eye for color
and composition to her kiln-formed glass art. Donna has successfully shown at several juried shows and her work is on permanent display in the guest rooms at The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon. She has been recognized for her workmanship and excellent use of color, design and technique by fellow seasoned artists.
Donna's studio is open to the public twice a year and open by appointment for the commission of lighting sconces, cabinet hardware and custom artwork.
Donna has been an Oregon Glass Guild member since 2006 (www.oregonglassguild.org) and is past and present Publicity Chair (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) and past Co-Chair (2008, 2009) of the OGG Glass Gallery Show, showcasing 65 to 80 artists in the largest all glass show in the Pacific Northwest.
Over a three year period, Donna, her husband Ed and her father Tom spent one day a week converting a pole barn into a stunning glass studio space. With the 'clean' side of the shop nearly complete, the focus is now on completing the 'dirty' side of the shop... and we are getting closer to combining our efforts and talents in glass, metal and wood.
Beyond the great satisfaction obtained from building a wonderful space from nearly nothing, spending time together has been the most gratifying and rewarding part of this project. This space will always be filled with great memories of working – and playing – together.
Donna kept the kilns going during
construction of the studio
Tom (father) and Ed (husband) still smiling
even while doing their least favorite job – drywall!
Tom (father) and Donna installing cabinets
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