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I AM SO THANKFUL TO BE A "CREATIVE" -
Like so many Etsians here, I've been given the gift to communicate visually through my art. The thing I love about any successful art piece is that it churns up something deep inside you that is hard to reach any other way. Touching on those emotions is the goal of any artist and hopefully comes as a result of giving away a part of yourself. As artists, we become emotionally attached to our work and use our art as an important outlet - a chance to let everyone see through our eyes.


MY INSPIRATION -
I've always had a childlike wonder when out exploring nature. Whether hiking in the woods on an autumn afternoon; sitting on a dune watching a Lake Michigan sunset; quietly canoeing down a slow creek, or sleeping under the summer stars, there is always a reverent sense of awe…

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  • Born on August 16
  • Joined April 14, 2009

Favorite materials

Engraved and Imaged Glass and Metals, Patinated Copper and Bronze, Rosewood, Walnut, Moss Varieties

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About

I AM SO THANKFUL TO BE A "CREATIVE" -
Like so many Etsians here, I've been given the gift to communicate visually through my art. The thing I love about any successful art piece is that it churns up something deep inside you that is hard to reach any other way. Touching on those emotions is the goal of any artist and hopefully comes as a result of giving away a part of yourself. As artists, we become emotionally attached to our work and use our art as an important outlet - a chance to let everyone see through our eyes.


MY INSPIRATION -
I've always had a childlike wonder when out exploring nature. Whether hiking in the woods on an autumn afternoon; sitting on a dune watching a Lake Michigan sunset; quietly canoeing down a slow creek, or sleeping under the summer stars, there is always a reverent sense of awe that stirs deep inside of me. I try to share this feeling through my art - in this case, my terrariums.


THE TERRARIUM AS AN ART -
The living dioramas I create are designed to represent a scenic sampling of our natural world. Mosses, river stones, lichens and bark create a tiered landscape inside the clear glass bulb. In my opinion, the traditional shape of the incandescent light bulb is beautiful by itself, but I've found that it makes a very unique terrarium container. I had come across many graphics that symbolized "green awareness" with a light bulb shape and a green leaf inside - this was my spark. After making my first one, the wire hanger stand came as a natural extension to support the "green" theme. As new ideas came, I thought of adding color to the glass to heighten the artistic appeal. This lead to different themes that combine the landscape on the inside with stained glass art painted on the outside.

I surprised myself with the results and really love the way each design delivers it's own intrinsic beauty using relatively simple shapes and materials.


MY BACKGROUND -
I have a background in Illustration and Graphic Design. For many years I've worked as an artist to sell a concept or product of someone else. I love the work and challenges each job brings, but sometimes it doesn't fulfill the element of self-expression that every artist needs. When you create something from your heart and believe in it, and when others actually appreciate and relate to it, THAT'S when you scratch that artist's itch.

Tim Witteveen
The Steamed Glass Studio

"A well designed terrarium will stir your imagination and could transport you into a daydream. Look very closely, and you may see yourself as a child exploring the landscape within."

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