Name of Business: Connie’s Design Works
How would you describe your art?
Utilizing a propane and oxygen torch, glass rods are melted, shaped and designed then annealed in a kiln. The glass I use is a 104COE and includes Moretti, Effetre, Vetrofond and Lauscha. The jewelry and gift items that are made with these beads are created with high quality findings.
What inspires you to create?
When I see color combinations, I am inspired to create beads and gifts using those colors. I have mimicked the colors in nature, and those created with lighting and frequently have created beads from popular art pieces. The longer I am working at the torch, the more ideas I have that I want to create with glass.
What makes your process different from other artists?
There are so many different types of art! I paint with glass! When you see a design on one of my beads, know that I have melted and “pulled” the glass into a thin “stringer” to paint the design onto the bead that I have created.
What is your favorite quote & why?
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
This quote probably sums up the reason I create my beads. They are something more…something non-routine, something to show for being on earth.
Do you have any career highlights you wish to share?
The highlight of my art experience was winning “Honorable Mention” in a juried art show with a glass vial pendant that I created.