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Kelly & Steve, the creative team behind the new magazine, The Artist’s Culture, choose moi to be one of their featured artists next month. Look for it August 1st, 2013. Yippie, my 15 seconds of fame has begun! Here’s what we spoke about during my interview.
Q: When did you first become interested in art?
I grew up loving art, it was always my best subject in school. My mother used to put butcher paper up on the walls of our Greenwich Village, NYC apartment so my sister and I could color on the walls when we were little scribblers. Later, she took us to all sorts of art galleries, including the Ferus modern art gallery where she worked. When I was nine she remarried to a diplomat, and we traveled internationally which opened my eyes to ancient and classical art.
Q: What type of art do you do?
I make fused and painted glass art, including wall art, sculpture, bowls/dishes and other home décor. Also delicate gemstone jewelry.
Q: When did you start?
I made stained glass windows in the 1980’s, made a detour through 15 years of corporate video editing, and found glass fusing in 2002. That’s when I started making jewelry too. My first instructor was Marty Meade, who taught at the College of Marin. Since then I’ve taken classes from many incredible glass artist pioneers including Peter McGrain, Richard LaLonde, and Avery Anderson.
Q: Where do you share your art?
I participate in Art at the Source yearly open studios tour and in various fairs. My Etsy store, Stacey Alysa, is open 24/7 for shopping sprees. And I have glass and jewelry for sale at a few fabulous Sonoma county venues including Hand Goods in Occidental, Made Local Marketplace in Santa Rosa, and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts gift shop in Sebastopol. Sign up on my website contact page for infrequent mailings about upcoming shows/events. I’ve pledged to send no more than 12 mailings a year. Check out my facebook page for more information about my process and for special offers.
Q: What’s the favorite piece you created?
How can I pick just one of my children to love the most? I really enjoy my new bowls made from raked glass, (see my video on vimeo) I love the redwood boxes with fused glass inset into the lids. Anything with mermaids…the new mosaic series, and the stud earrings with 23 Kt gold leaf sandwiched between glass. As far as artsy art, I love “Our Lady of Healing.” It began as a painting I made when my friend underwent treatment for acute leukemia. I wanted to transform my horror of chemotherapy into a vision of comfort and healing. I had the painting made into a fuseable decal, added layers of glass in powder, dichroic and sheet form, fused those in my kiln, and finally painted on gold accents.
Q: What do you hope people get from your art?
Permission to play! I hope my art is uplifting and fun, and maybe even beautiful.
Q: What keeps you inspired?
My husband, Leland Dennick is also a glass artist. He inspires me and keeps me on my toes. Our home and environs in West Sonoma county are endlessly inspiring, with so much beauty and so many talented artists in the area. The medium of glass itself is endlessly fascinating. Full of dichotomies – solid, yet liquid, strong and fragile. So reflective, with such saturated colors. Which is why I love gemstones too, for the color and the light they hold and reflect.
Many artists inspire me, including Gustav Klimt, Marc Chagall, Alphonse Mucha (I love art nouveau). And glass artists such as Cappy Thompson, and Costa Rican Maricel Alvarado. The fused glass art online community found on www.warmglass.com is a wonderful source of inspiration and practical advice. I also recommend the video lessons made by Bullseye Glass.
Q: What are your future plans for your art?
More mosaics incorporating fused and painted glass, as well as gemstones and found objects. Custom work. I make custom mezuzahs, which are holders for prayers that are placed on the door jam of traditional Jewish homes. I’d like to start a line of Goddess mezuzahs, and maybe Pagan mezuzahs, even atheist blessings. A pick your own kind of thing. The more blessings the better! I’m also experimenting with recycled glass. Maybe a line of small plates. Something fun you’d use for snacks at a cocktail party.
Q: What is it you would like the world to know about your art?
I’d like more people to be educated about fused glass, the process of making it from choosing compatible glass to cutting, heating, annealing, and slumping. Dale Chihuly has put blown glass onto center stage of the art world, which is wonderful. I love his intense colors and playful, organic shapes. Slowly, fused glass (AKA warm glass, because it’s only heated to 1480, as opposed to 2400 degrees for blown glass) is slowly gaining traction in the art world and in collector’s hearts. It requires more care for display, to keep the light going through it. More and more people appreciate the time, experimentation and expense that goes into each piece and that makes me smile.