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
My attraction to clean, contemporary lines is evident in the kiln-formed glass objects I create. Using simple forms, the power of color and intentional composition, the durability and beauty of glass enables me to add unexpected richness to everyday objects. My goal is to take serveware "out-of-the-closet" to be displayed - and used - every day.
As a self-taught artist with a strong analytical mindset, my approach to glass is one of experimentation. With the freedom to enjoy the trial and error process, the inherent difficulties in working with glass satisfy my thirst for exploration while the ability to create precise patterns feeds my desire to maintain order.
Rarely spontaneous, I strive to create harmony between subtle, sophisticated design and the bold colors used in my work. My highly refined silky matte finish is often incorporated as a design element with the added benefit of eliminating fingerprints during everyday handling.
My philosophy is simple: Everyday objects can be beautiful, so why not enjoy them every day.
The 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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