"Feeling the Blues"
Fused glass and copper wall art
Fused glass in teak wood table
Thrown on Potters Wheel /hand painted
clay, glazes,glass and fritt
President of Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches; Board Member of Artists of Palm Beach County; Member of Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the Cultural Council
NCECA, Wheel Throwing, Kansas City, MO; Glass Fusion, Lakeland and Merritt Island, FL; NCECA, Clay Design, San Diego, CA; Architectural Ceramics with Peter King, West Palm Beach, FL; Glass Casting, Lake Worth, FL; NCECA, Clay Sculpture, Indianapolis, IN; Glass Fusion and Casting, New York, NY; Clay Sculpture with Paul Soldner, Stuart, FL; NCECA, Clay Formation, Baltimore, MD; Raku and Pit Firing, Gail Jones, Sanibel Island, FL
Clay and Fused Glass
WATCH for my NEW LINE of POTTERY!
Working with clay, glass and paint allows me to express myself without words. Sharing my love of art with other people gives me great joy. I feel free when I am creating.
STATEMENT OF TECHNIQUE
Artistically, my life began in the early ’80s as I painted faces “After Picasso” and “After Matisse” on clothing. “Made Ugly by Me!” was the name of the clothing collection. Later in the ‘90s, I wanted to create and hand design the media that I painted on, so I taught myself to work in clay with some help from my friends. After the next few years studying, taking workshops from some of the masters of ceramics and showing in juried art shows, galleries and art in public places, I fine-tuned my artistic style.
Then, while looking for a new canvas for my painted faces, I discovered the fused-glass technique, one of the oldest hot-glass methods, sometimes referred to as “warm glass.” My fused-glass art is an extension of my clay sculptural work. As I become more involved in the approach and the textures of glass, I find I can’t get enough of it! I love the exciting interplay of light and color when I peek into the red-hot glowing kiln, to see the soft molten liquid melting together in one brilliant form. My biggest thrill is fifteen hours later, when I open the kiln lid to see the fascinating and extraordinary design that has taken place. Due to the handcrafted nature of my technique of layering hand-cut transparent, opaque and iridescent glass together with a little copper, then doing a series of kiln firings at temperatures ranging from 1200 to 1600 degrees, my fused glass is a one-of-a-kind art, where no two pieces are ever alike.
My work is never about clay or glass; it’s about what can the media do for my art and what I am trying to express. My fused-glass faces give off so much energy that people say they make them smile. I am a committed Ceramist turned committed Glass Fusion Artist. What more could I ask for? Only that others also are filled with the joyful light and energy that my art creates!
Check out my web site! www.thecraftgallery.net
CONTACT BETTY WILSON
5911 South Dixie Hwy.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
"Women with Brass Balls"
Slab Built body parts/copper wall art
Clay, oxide, and glaze
Throwing on POTTERS WHEEL
Sunfest, West Palm Beach, FL; Artigras Art Show, Jupiter, FL; Delray Affair, Delray Beach, FL; Boynton Gala, Boynton Beach, FL; Hemmingway Festival, Key West, FL
“Sunburnt Charlie", Gators Galore, Boys and Girls Club; Firehouse No. 7 Architectural Tiles, West Palm Beach, FL; “Palm Fantasy", Exterior Door Surround, Architectural Ceramics; Decorative Tiles, Animal Kingdom Resort, Disney World; Clay and Glass Art in various venues throughout Palm Beach County and Florida.