My interest in glass art stems
from the freedom of expression
and creativity that this medium
allows. From a beginners class
at a local college, to an
advanced class in bead making,
I have continued to express my artistic
tendencies in my own way. I am largely
self taught, relying on books, trial and error, and hours
My work includes flat glass; stained glass projects that
range from cabinet doors, free hanging windows and
sidelights, to full size door panels. These projects utilize
copper foil and lead came methods, sometimes
utilizing both methods in the same project.
Designs are my own and have been drawn from a
variety of places, but probably mostly from nature.
Building on the colors of the natural world and finding
them again in the colors of glass or their combinations
is an excitement all it’s own. And the challenge of
trying to place spacially pleasing forms in the confines
of glass is most satisfying.
I became interested in Lampworked Beads in 1994
and have attended classes in New York and Arizona.
Lampworked beading is actually an ancient art that has enjoyed a revival in recent
years. The work is accomplished over a torch and involves melting glass rods over a
metal rod then reworking the glass into art forms. The range of color, style, glass,
precious metals or inorganic materials than can be utilized is unlimited and therefore
very exciting as a creative medium.
Glass beads and flat glass allow a new adventure in combination of both styles, a
particular favorite and unique segment of my work. This union results in small free
hanging windows with open spaces somewhere near the center, where specially
created beads appear and meld with the overall concept of the piece.
Kathy L. Furda