Steve Smith

Empty bottles seem to gather in our New London, Alabama studio. Glass bottles are such a wonderful medium, they are abundant, and their otherwise future in a landfill is almost assured, where they are believed to last over a million years...pretty much forever. They offer a smooth, translucent, reflective quality, stirring both the tactile and visual senses. My works include wall sculpture mosaics, wind chimes, wall tiles, pendants, and earrings.

Recycled bottles vary in composition as well as color. Additional colors are achieved through the use of powdered glass enamels and frits into which designs and patterns are sketched. Bottles are cut with a diamond blade wet saw, melted and fire polished in kilns, and at times sand tumbled, all of which provide for the variety of appearances and textures.

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Toni Palmer - Showing Artist

My passion is Kiln-Formed Glass and I just can't get enough time in the studio! I enjoy making everything from functional art, such as bowls, plates, candle holders and flower arrangers to abstract wall, window and table-top art, using a combination of glass chunks, chips, powders, and sheet glass. What I especially love about kiln formed glass is that it appeals to my innate sense of balance. The process calls for both imagination and logic, as once the piece is designed the journey is nowhere near over. In order to anticipate the end result, I must visualize the different phases the glass will go though as it heats to between 1400-1700 degrees, forms one piece, and slowly cools. It always takes multiple firings to achieve the desired effect for the finished piece. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

Neal Hearn - Showing Artist

Neal began creating boxes in 1984 and has made thousands that are spread all over the world. Boxes are sold on the web, at art/craft shows, and wholesale to galleries. His body of work includes the use of many techniques and materials include fused glass, copper, gemstones, wood, and others. He uses traditional glass construction techniques with a few of his own twist, fusing, metal fabrication and forging, wood carving (limited), and electroplating. Neal also cuts and polishes gemstone material. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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Mimi Boston - Showing Artist

Mimi Boston makes fused glass bowls, platters and decorative art objects as well as glass necklaces and most recently mixed media pieces of glass over original prints. She is both a fused glass artist and a printmaker. Mimi majored in art history and enjoyed a financial career before returning to her love of art. She has been a glass artist for more than ten years. Much of her inspiration comes from the play of light on water or light on leaves. Dappled light, the contrast of shade and light, is a frequent image in her mind as she creates. There is more of this artist's work on this web site; click here to see it.

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