Lindsay Field's Profile

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Welcome to Lindsay Designs: modern art glass jewelry with a retro flare. My work is completely handcut and designed by me, Lindsay Field, in my Austin, Texas studio.

I've always had a passion for art and as a child I wanted to "be an artist someday!" I was in every art class I could take throughout much of my formal education. Early on as a kid I found all glass objects to be completely mesmerizing and my love of glass began. Years passed and I went to school at the University of Texas in Austin. I began my education with a Studio Art degree but during my junior year I panicked and didn't think I would be able to make money as an artist, so I switched my career path to Advertising and graduated with a BS in Communication in 2003. However, during my senior year of college I came across a glass technique called Lampworking: the process of melting molten glass in a flame by…

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  • Joined June 2, 2007

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About

Welcome to Lindsay Designs: modern art glass jewelry with a retro flare. My work is completely handcut and designed by me, Lindsay Field, in my Austin, Texas studio.

I've always had a passion for art and as a child I wanted to "be an artist someday!" I was in every art class I could take throughout much of my formal education. Early on as a kid I found all glass objects to be completely mesmerizing and my love of glass began. Years passed and I went to school at the University of Texas in Austin. I began my education with a Studio Art degree but during my junior year I panicked and didn't think I would be able to make money as an artist, so I switched my career path to Advertising and graduated with a BS in Communication in 2003. However, during my senior year of college I came across a glass technique called Lampworking: the process of melting molten glass in a flame by melting, shaping and layering the glass. I was immediately hooked! I took classes, read all that I could, and practiced constantly! It was such a thrill getting to create something out of nothing. So, I got my degree in Advertising, but was once again determined to be an artist. That same year Lindsay Designs was born. A few years after I learned how to make glass beads on the torch, I discovered another technique called Fused Glass. This process has lead me to where I am today: a full time fused glass artist making modern designs with a retro flare. While I still create glass beads on a torch from time to time, my true artistry has shown through in my fused glass process.

My current work consists of taking colorful sheets of glass and cutting, stacking, and layering them together to create an interesting design. Once my stacked creation is to my liking, I place it in the kiln and fire it to 1500 degrees so all the layers melt down into each other to create a (hopefully!) beautiful design. Once cool, I take the piece out of the kiln as a finished design, or it moves on to additional "coldworking" processes where it is cut, ground, sawed, sandblasted, and/or drilled to refine the design. It then goes back in the kiln to be polished to a nice shine. The pieces often times go through a series of coldworking and firing steps until the final design is achieved.

Along with my passion for glass is my love of color and the unique patterns that color alone creates. I am inspired by fabric designs, wallpaper, architecture, nature, and even a rug in a room. My inspiration also comes from understanding the color wheel and color theory. I enjoy the process of combining colors together as well as the technical nature of working with glass to create unique designs.

All of the work you see in my shop is made solely by me. I am Lindsay Designs. When I'm not creating my work I'm either: thinking of new ideas, photographing my work, adding work to my online shops, selling my work at an art festival and every once in awhile I get some sleep! I take great pride in the quality of work that I produce. I feel incredibly fortunate that my love of art and glass has allowed me to follow my passion and create art for a living. Even though there are moments in my process that are quite tedious, it still gives me great satisfaction to create art work that others enjoy.

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Want to learn more? Read on for a more detailed look into my process…

My introduction to glass started with my first experience making glass beads using a torch. Lampworking is the process of manipulating molten glass in a flame by melting, shaping and layering the glass. My glass beads are made one at a time and I begin each bead by melting the tip of a glass rod in the flame of an oxygen/propane mix torch. Once it is hot enough it becomes like honey and it can easily be wound around a stainless steel rod to create the base of the bead. I then rotate the stainless steel rod constantly in and out of the flame throughout the entire process of making a bead so that the heat is evenly distributed and to keep gravity from misshaping the bead. Once the base of the bead is melted into a round shape, I then begin to decorate it using different colors, patterns and layers to develop unique designs. Throughout this process I use different tools to manipulate the surface designs on the glass as well as controlling the overall shape of the bead. Every bead is different since they are made one at a time in this process. Most beads take anywhere from 8-25 minutes, while a more elaborate bead can take 45 minutes to an hour to create. When I am pleased with how the bead has turned out, I then place the hot bead into an annealing oven (a kiln) which is held at 950 degrees. Once I’m done making beads for the day, I set the kiln to begin cooling the beads slowly at a controlled rate to give them strength and durability. After my beads come out of the kiln, I clean out the holes and can now incorporate them into my jewelry.

Fused Glass is made by cutting, stacking and layering sheets of glass into unique designs that are then fused together in a kiln at about 1500 degrees. After the glass has cooled back to room temperature, many pieces then go through a process called coldworking where I manipulate the glass with different types of equipment (such as grinders, a tile saw, a sandblasting unit & a drill presses) to refine the shape and surfaces of the piece. I then fire it in the kiln again until the edges of the glass are brought back to a nice polished shine.

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Please visit my website: www.lindsay-designs.net for my show schedule, photos of my process and for a list of the retail stores that carry my work.

I hope that you enjoy my work. Thanks for shopping!
~Lindsay Field
Handmade with love in Austin, TX

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