AAE Glass, Tanya Veit and Olympic Kilns proudly present the glass fusing contestants!
The contest entry deadline is January 7th, with the winners being announced shortly thereafter. See previous post for entry rules.
Good luck to everyone and be sure to check out the links associated with each entry. There is more beautiful fused glass art work out there!
***Olympic Kiln hotbox 8"x8" wide x 4.5" deep with 3 key controller.
***Tanys Veit's Extreme Fusing Workshop in beautiful Cape Coral, Florida.
***$500 in assorted AAE Glass products.
Meet the judges:
Tanya Veit - Owner of the AAE Glass Art Studio in Cape Coral, Florida, AAEGlass.com and renowned fused glass artist and instructor. Her Extreme Fusing workshops have swept the country and even made waves at the International Festival of Glass in the United Kingdom. Tanya's enthusiasm for fused glass art is second to none and the waiting lists for her workshops seem to second that.
Tonya Nelson - Tonya was one of two Extreme Glass Fusing workshop winners in our last contest with a beautiful, 3 panel fused glass piece. Tonya used several AAE Glass decals in very unique ways to create one of the judges favorites. Tonya decided to bring her husband and son from Colorado to Cape Coral and make a vacation out of her winnings. It was a pleasure meeting them and we hope to do so again in the near future. See more of Tonya's work at her website Five Pack Designs.
Maureen Connor - Meant2BCherished - Maureen was the second winner of an Extreme Glass Fusing workshop. Maureen hand painted an AAE Glass decal to get herself noticed. The vibrant colors and the endless possibilities of this technique really caught the judges eyes. Maureen has since expanded on this technique, as well as others, to create a beautiful collection of fused glass jewelry.
I took a class from Tanya Veit at Vitrum Studio and immediately began
to incorporate her "dichroic depth" technique into my pieces. I also
have been having so much fun utilizing the sea and sealife
images--real or imaginary. The sharks coming out of the dichroic
depths are a hit with my male dive buddies! Her technique offers
endless combinations to experiment with and she is very generous with
collection. The oval piece measures 1 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch and was
made using several fusings to achieve the depth and seafoam like
powder inclusions that she is swimming through.
I have also had a blast utilizing the "Picasso Technique" as taught
by Tayna. There are a few of my favorites at my etsy store:
I began to do lampworked beads but here we don't have so much supplies, such as oxygen and so on. I tired of my hothead torch and wanted to do something else with glass.
Then I found Tanyas videos on youtube and what beutiful things you could do! So I bought a kiln and glass in May this year and began to create. I love your decals, it could do wonders of an item that is not so nice. I also love the layering technique, it is not so common here. I have a shop on Etsy.
Soon, my two children both married, and now I am a proud grandma of 5 grandchildren, and married 33 years to a pastor, who works for Kraft Food and Home Depot as well. I have had my work shown at the Star Gallery, in Scranton and Tingley Glass, in Dickson City, and my jewelry is sold at Bella Faccias in Scranton, and ArtStrands Fine gifts in Carbondale, PA. I sell my work at many local juried craft shows, and numerous conferences. Recently, I started incorporating decals in my work, using custom decals from SDI decals in Hawley, PA, and especially, AAE Glass products. The decals from AAE Glass have been great sellers, and I'm looking forward to seeing more new designs! I particularly love their dragonflies decals as I live on a lake, and love the variety of dragonfly colors, and am excited to experiment with new concepts involving their decals.
My store and website: https://www.facebook.com/Glass4Him
Thank you for your exceptional products!
Aiko Vail of Wish Poosh Designs
OK, here is my entry entitled Serengeti. It is about 10 inches by 8 inches and sits in a lovely earth rock. Of course, your amazing decal is part of this piece and your technique.
Glass is such an inspiration to me. The glass is such a palate and it inspires me to be happy and try to create. Glass has been part of my life for about 11 years now. Glass lets me feel good and when someone likes my work, that lifts the spirit.
My web site is: www.maryellenlarkins.com
Thank you for inspiring us. You are such a great teacher. Love your spirit.
My art work is sold in several stores in Hot Springs and I participate in as many craft shows as I can during the warmer months. That is to say while my husband and I are not riding our motorcycles. Yes, I have my own and at 63 I am loving it and my art work. I look forward to each day and what it brings!
This summer in Perth we have been experiencing heat of over 40 degree celsius which influenced the piece I have entered "Aussie Summer". It centres around a thong (flip flop), a common feature of summer casual clothing here, and includes an engraved sun, and tropical fish, also relating to summer. The techniques include Tanya's Picasso and glass etching using an AAE Glass stencil. As Tanya suggests, I have also hidden my initials engraved in the piece. Although living more than 11,000 miles away I was able to take a course with Tanya learning her Picasso technique. Thank you Tanya for not only being forward thinking with your amazing glass techniques, but for running a webinar to allow people like myself to learn such great skills as my journey with glass continues.....hopefully one day in your Florida workshop.
I absolutely love the dimensional look and the fantastic decals Tanya has made. This pendant was made using the color decal of a water bird. I love it and wear it all the time.
always been my biggest fan and motivator and I give her all the credit for where I am in my art today. She encouraged me
to apply to art/craft shows in the Cleveland area back in 2006 with my beaded jewelry and I really enjoyed doing it. In 2008 I took a fused glass class with 30 other woman and knew I had found my place. I have really taken to it and have
taught myself most of what I know. Then last January I met Tanya Veit, took her Extreme I class and my entire glass world
changed. The submission above is "Dragonfly Lagoon" inspired from the Extreme I class adorned with AAE black enamel decal.
Can't wait for Extreme II this month and my new creations for 2013!
I took Extreme Fusing 2 from Tanya Veit last summer, what an inspiring seminar, I also took her webinar in October. How fun are her classes? The time just flies by. Really got those wheels spinning! I'm enjoying using the surface tension and the Picasso techniques, very popular. Thank you Tanya! For this piece I used layering with blue and white on the bottom layers, added cobblestone dichroic, followed by clear capping then an AAE decal. I call it Winter Night.
Website Link: StarryNiteGlass.com
This piece "Heron Point" was created with Tanya's Method of layering the glasses. There are 4 layers of glass with bubble powders and Frit layered in each. Thank you AAE Glass.
I have recently started a Facebook page with my glass art: https://www.facebook.com/KatjasGlassArt
As I have been busy moving from Northern to Southern Norway, this is still work in progress, so stay tuned!
I am a glass artist living and showing my art in the Southern California desert town of la Quinta California. I have been creating many different kinds of glass projects for over thirty years. My current passion is making standing sculptures of dogs that can be custom made to match the look of your own pet!! (See website) I love using Tanya's decals in my work.
90's. I was self taught beginning with stained glass sun catchers and
panels. A few years ago I had dream of owning a kiln and once I got it
I was on to a new journey to learn as much as I could. Having no where
to go locally to attend a class I read everything I could get my hands
on . It was a combination of successes and failures along the way and
some of the successes were accidental. But the journey has been so
I love your decals Tanya they are so vibrant and rich looking , by
far the best out there. I look forward to many more years of fusing
glass and I love to see a smile on a customers face when they find
something that they really love.
My piece that I have attached is "The Masquerade" - I have incorporated the technique that I learned from Tanya Veit's "Picasso Style" carving into the dichroic glass at Art Glass Connection, Cooper City, Florida- I believe her workshop was in 2011. I love that I can combine my painting along with the creative technique of carving into the glass and come up with a wearable piece of art! Tanya was a most dedicated teacher and I learned so much from her, I also appreciated her straight forward manner. Being a former teacher - it was so refreshing. So, thank you Tanya for this opportunity and for a whole new vision that you unlocked for me in your workshop that day!
wing and introduced me to glass fusing. Unfortunately I was unable to
learn all she had to offer. But I took what I learned and with help
from Tanya's instructional videos created the above piece.
My background is in metal fabrication, faux bone, wire wrapping, and I
am a certified instructor for PMC and ArtCaly.
I love combing techniques to create wearable works of art.
Please visit my website for a sample of my work, http://originalcinjewelry.com/.
I am primarily a self-taught artist and have participated in both Tanya's Extreme Fusing I and II classes over the past two years. I love using Tanya's silver settings for my glass creations. They provide a luxurious addition to the glass, at a fraction of the cost of .925 sterling, which benefits both my customer and me. I also love her decals, especially the new color ones. What I like most about the color decals, is that you can fuse them to darker glass and they still show up clearly.
I do many art shows throughout the upper Midwest and have my glass is several bead shops and retail fashion businesses. My customers have been so excited with the products that Tanya has developed. Her classes have brought my confidence level to an all new high!
My new website, illusionsglassdesigns.com is launching in the next two or three weeks. Tanya's blog has given me so many new ideas to help market my products, and I am most excited about using social media, in addition to my website, to reach new customers. I love that Tanya is willing to share her passion with all of us, and the customer service from her and her staff is unbeatable.
Thank you for considering my jewelry creation! It incorporates Tanya's multi-layering process to create a three-dimensional jewelry piece. The color decal that I chose to incorporate in this piece captures the timeless beauty of the various colors and glass patterns I chose for the design. It's one of my favorite pieces that I have designed in recent memory. I hope all of you enjoy it as well!
Then I saw an add for Tanya's Extreme Fusing I class and I was hooked. She was the most amazing, caring, exhuberant, sharing teacher and she gave me back my love of working with glass. I could not get enough of either Tanya's teaching, her friendship, or her spirit. I have even been back on the torch. But I am loving fusing. I have recently gone from jewelry sized pieces to 8x10 sized pieces and started using dams and molds. I started with 4 layers of roughly 8x10 inch glass in a dam mold layering from bottom to top clear, whispy white, clear and whispy white. I used Glassline paints (which Tanya reintroduced me to in Extreme 1) to paint the flowers and stems. Then I used frit (which Tanya made me fall in love with due to all of her ideas of how to use it) to add to the colors of the flowers and stems as additional shading. After that was fired, I took both small and large AAEGlass enamel decals and went nuts. They are on the flowers (small) and stems (large) and the butterfly is a Color me Bad decal that I decided to leave uncolored for the contrast. Because Tanya is such a fabulous teacher, the most difficult part was the photography!
I have taken several classes from Tanya and she is without exception one of the finest and most creative people I have met in the fused glass field. She has taught me to think outside the box and let the creative juices flow. I have adapted her techniques, which include layering and using her decals, but using the colors I choose. The pendant and necklace piece I am entering combines her layering techniques along with wire wrapping beads and using, swarski crystals, fresh water pearls and silver findings.
I am having a website developed, but it is not up and running at this time. Some of my other necklaces can be viewed on my Facebook page.
I thank you Tanya for all the help and guidance you have given me.
My submitted belt buckle has been created with 3 layers of glass (clear dichroic glass, clear bottom and cap glass) and completed with decals from Tanya. I like waring a belt and this way, I can show off my latest creation. AAE Glass decals are the only one I'm using, because of their quality and great colors. Thanks to Tanya's teaching and her enthusiasm, I gained the confidence to step into the world of creativity and exploration of dichroic glass.
"Gabe Unlimited" in Denver: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/gabeunlimited80231
To see more of my shop, you are welcome to visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabeunlimited80231/
Like others, I am totally addicted to making glass, I love all the different aspects of glass, the many ways you can work with it. It seems there’s always something new to learn.
I started using Tanya’s decals for my pendants, but then got into bigger pieces. I love to do scenes and the larger decals are fabulous! I’m especially happy that the coloured decals have come out.
This large piece is something I've been wanting to do ever since I got back from vacation in the tropics. I had this beautiful piece of glass with the blue and green swirls mixed with the white and it made me think of a waterfall in the tropics. I remembered that I still had some beautiful parrot decals that I bought from Tanya and the small bare tree. The tree was turned into a tropical bush, and "Tropical" was born.
I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but am seriously thinking of taking a vacation in Florida so that I can take one of Tanya’s classes. What fun that would be!
Please visit my shop on Etsy, DragonfliesCeilidh
I have been playing with several of the techniques that i learned there. Everything I have done since brings compliments and inquiries. I don't have a website yet but that is on the top of the list for this month.
I love the quality and variety of the various settings from AAE Glass as well as the beautiful decals. I now have a good inventory of these built up and am excited about what will come out of the kiln next. Thanks Tanya!