Laura Critchfield's Profile

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After five years at Kent State University and earning my BFA back in the 80's, I took time to start a family, working on pastels, paintings and dabbling in various art forms as my husband and I raised two kids. I found glasswork (after many years of surreptitiously watching glass artists work their craft) in August 2007, when I saw some lampworked beads at a gallery in Sanibel, Florida. It took me all of three days back home to figure out I could (and would) do this at home, signed up for a class, and now I spend every moment I can working at my torch!

Glass is a wonderful mix of fluid medium and chance- you never know what will come out of the kiln in the morning, sometimes it's not quite what you may have expected, but it's always a nice surprise! After years of two dimensional art (painting, drawing and photography), this is an everchinging medium that is exciting and new, even…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 14
  • Joined January 22, 2008

Favorite materials

Glass, silver, foils, enamels, pastels, handmade papers, paint, found natural objects and anything I can make art from, or that inspires me

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About

After five years at Kent State University and earning my BFA back in the 80's, I took time to start a family, working on pastels, paintings and dabbling in various art forms as my husband and I raised two kids. I found glasswork (after many years of surreptitiously watching glass artists work their craft) in August 2007, when I saw some lampworked beads at a gallery in Sanibel, Florida. It took me all of three days back home to figure out I could (and would) do this at home, signed up for a class, and now I spend every moment I can working at my torch!

Glass is a wonderful mix of fluid medium and chance- you never know what will come out of the kiln in the morning, sometimes it's not quite what you may have expected, but it's always a nice surprise! After years of two dimensional art (painting, drawing and photography), this is an everchinging medium that is exciting and new, even though it has been around for thousands of years, it is being rediscovered by artisans around the world.

I have a simple set up, a torch and fuel,(although I bought a high tech kiln that does a million things) and my glassed in studio overlooks a deep ravine which is always full of animals and wildlife. Never being one to believe that high tech is always the way to go, I embrace traditional methods and materials, relying on my creativity to move me art along to the next level. Although the glass now comes in so many colors I will never be able to collect them all, and the basics of the artform have evolved, it is still essentially the same as it was when it started in ancient times, and is currently experiencing a renaissance of sorts.

Thank you for taking the time to read my bio, and there are many wonderful glass artists on the web and in various forums, should you be interested in finding out more, or possibly taking this craft up yourself. Check it out!

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