So when I found fused glass it was no surprise how I fell in love. I continually read and learn about glass. I'll talk more about my views on learning in another blog, Albeit today I want to talk about an article I read last week. It was in the book called "Crafting in Glass" by Anita & Seymour Isenberg. This book was written in 1981, I didn't know that when I got it. Even though the book was old I read it. I'm a firm believer in you can learn something from anywhere, even if it's what not to do. But this book was great and there were several interesting things I learned. One thing is fusing has come a long way, even since 1981. The book talked a lot about fusing stain glass because there weren't a lot of fused glass back then. I'm getting off topic, glass does that to me.
The article I want to talk about was called "'Lilies of the Field': A Stained-Glass Panel". In Japan I did Ikebana, stain glass and others arts. Stained glass was very tough on my hands, takes a lot of strength. Anyway this article was amazing, it went into detail how Barbara Saull worked with her team to create this panel. Incredibly the panel wasn't just stained glass, her team did sandblasting, etching, painting and kiln work for this stained glass piece. Sorry my color one isn't better, I was shocked I couldn't find one on the web. But the black and white is amazing by itself.
In the last paragraph of the article, Barbara wrote the following "The field of glass seems almost limitless. There is so much to learn and discover, so many avenues to explore. And glass itself is its own best teacher. One learns by doing. Perhaps, in the long run, that is really the secret behind any craft - and any art."
Wow that really hit home with me. I've been working with fused glass for four or five years and I'm still learning and discovering more about glass every day. Fused glass has come a long way since 1981 and there is so much more to learn from glass and I look forward to the journey with every piece I fuse, slump or drape.
Thanks for letting me share this amazing article with you.
I quoted it because the sentiment is so true and she deserves all the credit.