So I think I have established I love learning new fused glass techniques. One of my favorite things to do is read blogs from great fused glass artists. One such fused glass artist is Anne Nye. Anne creates these stunning and vibrant landscapes made with fusing glass frit. Anne also writes “Art Into Business” for D & L Glass.
Of course I digress, I was reading some of Anne’s blogs and I commented on several of her fused glass blogs. *One note on blog comments – as someone who blogs we love comments – because it lets us know someone is reading our blogs!
Back to my story, the gracious lady that Anne is, she wrote me back and we started discussing her work and how I’d love to take her class. Sadly I was working Mid shifts when she was due to teach a class in Denver. I was thinking all was lost when Anne mentioned she teaches one on one fused glass classes and would be happy to provide private lessons. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and scheduled a fused glass class with Anne for Diane and me in Ft Collins. For those who read my blogs about my love of learning know Diane and I met at a Tanya Veit fused glass class.
Side note, earlier I wrote a blog about seeing thru an Artist’s eyes. I had notice this “quirk” of mine for a while, but we had met Anne at a home show of artists of various works. As Anne and I walked around I noticed she did the same thing she broke things down and talked about colors and textures. I mentioned to her I am doing the same thing. She said that is how artists look at life. It made me happy to know I was not going crazy!
Anyway, Anne was a wonderful teacher and she broke down each piece, talked to us about colors and color sheets, and gave us a few of her favorite
mantras e.g., “Don’t get too careful too soon.” She also gave us instructions to help us to continue to create our fused glass landscapes. The time flew by until lunch when Diane served some incredible borsk and frittatas. I must tell you Diane is a gourmet cook, for breakfast she made us this marvelous pancake in the oven “Peak to Peak”. Do not tell Diane, but both my daughter (Madi) and I were not happy that we had to share the amazing pancake with the rest of the family. Madi loved this fantastic pancake so much she wants me to make it for her 14th birthday which I did but it wasn’t close to Diane’s!
After lunch we went back to class with Anne, she is so benevolent there was not anything we asked that she did not share. We even talked about
marketing, galleries, wholesaling, etc. for our fused glass. What an illuminating class. In class we made the Fused Glass Tree, Mountain and cloud. After Class I made the fused glass Aspen Trees. Needless to say I will be making more as all of these are my practice pieces.
Now, I find myself staring at the clouds, trees, and mountains wondering what colors I’ll use to recreate them in fused glass. Special thanks to
Anne for spending her time teaching. Also a special thanks to Diane and her family for putting up with Madi and me for two days!