Creating Kiln-formed Glass Night Lights with Diane Quarles
March 17, 1:00-4:00 pm at Aspen Light Glass Studio
A one-day fused glass class where each student will design, build and prepare for firing 2 glass night lights that will then be fused, slumped and mounted with lighting hardware.
Students will have access to a variety of glass styles, including frit (crushed glass) and powdered glass; transparent, opaque and dichroic glass; pre-cut shapes and characters; and stringers and noodle glass from which to experiment and create. Each glass assembly will be kiln-fired to create a single glass piece, then will be re-fired over a mold to create the night light shape. Lastly, the formed glass will be mounted to the lighting hardware to complete the creative process. No glass experience required.
Diane Quarles is the owner of Aspen Glass Art Studio in Montrose and says of herself; "Each year on Easter Sunday, I would visit the First Presbyterian Church in Brenham, Texas with her grandparents. The church, built in the late 1800s, was simple and unsophisticated in its whitewashed clapboard siding and aged-oak pews, reminiscent of its early German heritage. In all its simplicity however, the church was always filled with a complex, heavenly light from the antique stained glass leaded windows. This childhood experience created a passion for manipulated light in glass that continues to influence my life's work today."
Diane took up stained glass and oil painting as a hobby during college in Texas. She continued working as a hobbyist until her retirement from city planning in 2007. In 2008, she decided to become a glass artist professionally and established Aspen Light Glass Studio, while expanding her work to include kiln-formed glass. In 2013, Ms. Quarles opened her own glass studio and gallery in Ridgway, Colorado where she now masters in glass frit and powdered glass palette knife paintings exclusively.
Diane Quarles' work can be found in galleries throughout the US. She has won several awards in glass, including first place in the blown/rolled glass category in the national Delphi Art Glass Festival (2011), Best in Glass at the Ridgway Rendezvous (2012) and second place in the Delphi Art Glass Festival in the kiln-formed category (2015). Her commissioned work is also located in private glass collections in Texas, Alaska, Colorado, New York, California, Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Washington, Missouri and Oregon and in public art collections in Denver and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.