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I am a flameworking glass artist and have been working with glass since the early 1990's - I love it!

I make figures, bottles, beads, marbles, jewelry, and kaleidoscopes. I've been a flameworker since 1996 and have been selling weekly at local markets for many years. Right now I have a booth at the Aspen Saturday Market and the Glenwood Springs Tuesday Market in Colorado. I was a part of the market in Chattanooga, TN for may years before moving back to Colorado in 2009. I have also participated in a number of juried craft shows including the Carbondale Mountain Fair in Colorado, the Lake Eden Arts Festival in North Carolina, Ketner's Mill Craft Fair in Tennessee and more.


Flameworking and creating one-of-a-kind glass art is my passion. Folks keep asking if they can purchase my work…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 7
  • Joined June 23, 2009

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glass and a very hot flame

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About

I am a flameworking glass artist and have been working with glass since the early 1990's - I love it!

I make figures, bottles, beads, marbles, jewelry, and kaleidoscopes. I've been a flameworker since 1996 and have been selling weekly at local markets for many years. Right now I have a booth at the Aspen Saturday Market and the Glenwood Springs Tuesday Market in Colorado. I was a part of the market in Chattanooga, TN for may years before moving back to Colorado in 2009. I have also participated in a number of juried craft shows including the Carbondale Mountain Fair in Colorado, the Lake Eden Arts Festival in North Carolina, Ketner's Mill Craft Fair in Tennessee and more.


Flameworking and creating one-of-a-kind glass art is my passion. Folks keep asking if they can purchase my work online... so - here it is! I look forward to communicating with you about my work.

A huge part of my heart has been as a co-director of a non-profit organization in TN where I lived and worked from 1995-2009. Although my kids and I recently moved to Colorado where I grew up, Sequatchie Valley Institute will always be a huge part of who I am. The organization's focus is research and education in sustainable living. I feel that working out of my home, spending as much time as possible with my children in nature is an important part of living sustainably - and even though I'm now far from the Sequatchie Valley, I'm still keeping that up! Thanks for helping me make that possible!

For more info about the non-profit organization, Sequatchie Valley Institute, check out the website: www.svionline.org

My working process begins with an assessment of my space and the objects that inhabit it - tools, glass, kiln, torch and fan. Once the torch is lit, time slips away and the meditation of working with glass begins. All concerns of daily life disappear as I fall into the orange glow of hot glass.

As I let go of thoughts, there are rules that cannot be broken: don’t chase the crack, keep working with it - something beautiful will happen; patience is essential; pay attention to the parts that appear to not need it; too much thinking results in a mess. Flameworking and life lessons are interchangeable.

I am increasingly inspired by the concept of vessels. The very function of a vessel is to hold or to contain something. The human body itself is a vessel, regarded as a holder or receiver, especially of something nonmaterial: a vessel of grace, a vessel of wrath. We can be a person into whom some quality is infused, or an empty vessel waiting to be filled. The transparent glass vessel shows its contents, just as we can allow ourselves to be seen by others.

Both of my mother's grandfathers were glass artists - I believe I have glasswork in my blood and my cellular memory holds the love for hot glass. There is an inherent beauty in glass - its infinite combinations of color, texture, and luminescence grant it endless possibilities. It is a liquid: fluid, though seemingly solid. It changes with time, so slowly our eyes cannot see it happening - unless we manipulate it with heat. I am deeply moved by the sensation of watching hot glass follow gravity’s lead, pulling together design and technique toward original works of art.

Thanks for your interest!
- asha

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