Cast Glass Leaves
As a child, I loved looking through foliage at the filtering of light and the changing colors.
I also loved colored glass. We had a brick fence around our yard and I would line up colored
bottles and bowls on the wall and watch as the sunlight hit the array of shapes and colors. As an adult, I have created this experience in cast glass. I have come full circle as I find myself walking along the beautiful French Broad River, picking leaves, except now I take those leaves and turn them into a kaleidoscope of colors in sculptural glass.
My current study, "Hearts of the Appalachians" is a series of leaves, all heart shaped and all picked in the gorgeous Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Each leaf is chosen for its individual characteristics. Then through a multi-step process using molds and kiln firing, the leaf and glass are often heated to as much as 1700 degrees. I have even been known to open the kiln, reach in, and manipulate the glass while at high temperatures. Each glass piece then emerges in uniqueness of coloration and shape.
A variety of leaves in size and style are available, ranging from 8" to 24" and in a multitude of color combinations.