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When asked, “Why glass?” Emily McClosky will tell you that it all started with a PBS special she saw as a child about a glass blower and his work. She was amazed by how the artist manipulated the molten glass, bringing to life his vision. That fascination with glass has stayed with her, and today Emily devotes herself to a method known as glass fusing. She chooses a variety of glass, cuts and arranges the pieces into a unique design, then fuses them in a kiln at temperatures up to, and sometimes exceeding, 1,500 degrees. Each composition may be fired in the kiln multiple times before it is complete. Emily finds inspiration for her glass designs in traditional fabrics from around the world. She sees exceptional beauty in the vibrant colors and intricate motifs such as those used in African Kente cloth and brilliant Indian prints. The repeating patterns and bold colors are closely reflected in her work. Emily was born a…

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When asked, “Why glass?” Emily McClosky will tell you that it all started with a PBS special she saw as a child about a glass blower and his work. She was amazed by how the artist manipulated the molten glass, bringing to life his vision. That fascination with glass has stayed with her, and today Emily devotes herself to a method known as glass fusing. She chooses a variety of glass, cuts and arranges the pieces into a unique design, then fuses them in a kiln at temperatures up to, and sometimes exceeding, 1,500 degrees. Each composition may be fired in the kiln multiple times before it is complete. Emily finds inspiration for her glass designs in traditional fabrics from around the world. She sees exceptional beauty in the vibrant colors and intricate motifs such as those used in African Kente cloth and brilliant Indian prints. The repeating patterns and bold colors are closely reflected in her work. Emily was born a seventh-generation Texan. She grew up in Rockwall, the smallest county in Texas, and later moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas. Part of her college training included a three-month course in Guanajuato, Mexico, where she studied Spanish. Today, Emily devotes herself to teaching art, creating art, and supporting live music. She currently resides in Austin, Texas.

You can see more at www.emglass.net!

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