Using glass powders and tiny pieces called “frit” as her medium, Elisabeth paints on clear or colored glass panels to create striking visions in a contemporary style. they are fused in the kiln often in multiple firings to add colors, shading and dimension. The final pieces appear sculpted and catch light with their many facets. Wall panels are mounted on brushed aluminum panels which reflect the light back through the panel.
About the process: glass is a finicky medium. Elements are used to color it just like traditional oil pigments; however, they must be heated and annealed very carefully or they muddy, react with other glass, or crack. Learning the nature of working with temperatures to fuse pieces of glass together, in addition to properly annealing to avoid cracks, unintentional bubbling, and muddied colors takes much trial and error. I have honed the techniques by continually taking classes in other mediums (mostly watercolor) and trying to incorporate those concepts into my glass art.
I use traditional painters tools such as palette knives and brushes, and non-traditional tools such as card stock and credit cards. Glass powders, frits and pulled glass are layered on glass panels, and heated at different temperatures to achieve sculptural effects.
At the Art Center, I will show the technique using sand which is in fact a component of glass. Sand is a thicker particle and does not aerosolize, so it is safe to demonstrate with. I will discuss the challenges of working with the medium, talk about techniques of fusing glass and demonstrate how to “paint” with dry material. The effects can be amazing. It takes sand painting to a whole new level – one in which the work can be preserved forever in glass.
Elisabeth is the recipient of numerous awards and is represented locally at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade. She currently lives in Palisade.