Barb's Fine Glass

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Barb’s Fine Glass turns ordinary items into extraordinary glass pieces. Barb uses an abundance of color and her pieces are playful. She is ready and willing to create your custom design(s). With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to have Barb create some unique gifts. Learn more about this artist right here.

Barb's Fine GlassHow did you become a glass artist and how long have you been doing it?

I have been doing stained glass for about 8 years. I had wanted to learn the process for years prior but found myself needing a reason to get out of the house as a new stay-at-home mom after my second son was born. I took a class at MATC one night a week, and I was immediately hooked. After honing my skills for years making gifts for friends and family, I finally started to believe what others had been telling me – maybe I really could sell this stuff. After a few fairly successful art shows, I formed an LLC earlier this year.

What is the process for designing fine glass and where do you create your pieces?Barb's Fine Glass

Being new to the medium, I used designs I would find in commercially available pattern books. As my mind got more creative I would start to envision designs I couldn’t find available in print or online. I study existing patterns at times and take elements I like from them and incorporate my own ideas. It is rewarding to see my skills developing as far as gaining the ability to make my ideas and visions concrete on paper and ultimately in glass.

Approximately how long does it take to produce a piece?

I offer a wide range of sizes of pieces so suit any budget, so the time I dedicate can vary considerably. I have small items I can complete in  an hour and larger items that require more time developing a pattern can be extensively time consuming.

barb1What is your greatest satisfaction with being a glass artist?

To me, the greatest satisfaction is when a customer is happy. I had a customer see a piece from across the street at an art fair and be drawn to my booth and exclaim, “It’s perfect!” Custom orders are my specialty, so being able to create a one-of-a-kind unique piece is a special feeling. I am currently in production of a beautiful butterfly designed by a melanoma survivor incorporating the cancer support ribbon. (I think the design was originally made for a tattoo) It will be a surprise for her from her boyfriend. That one will be really be a gratifying one!

What do you like to do outside of being an artist?

My life is also filled with two sons that keep me busy and a part time job outside the home in healthcare. I am an avid kayaker and take to the waters in this beautiful city two to three times a week when weather (and time) permits. Kayaking is so much more than a means of exercise to me. It’s good for the mind, body and spirit.

What is your ultimate goal with Barb’s Fine Glass?Barb's Fine Art

My experience in selling art is in its infancy. I hope to build up a customer base via online sales and art shows enough to keep me busy doing something I’m so passionate about. I’m beginning to break into the niche of recreating company logos of local businesses in glass for display in reception areas or conference rooms. I’m excited to be getting some interest in that area.