Artist Member Spotlight:
Kathy Schnell of Cottage Glassworks
"Originally from New Hampshire, I grew up in a family where handmade creativity was a way of life and it’s been passed down through our generations.Our family interests were quilting, pottery, woodworking, carving, weaving, rug hooking & braiding; I enjoy these, yet fell in love with GLASS. My original draw was seeing glass in every light possible, as it takes on the dramatically different casts and infusions. Now I am totally addicted to it! Originally schooled in Stained Glass, I’ve transitioned to Fused Glass studying @ Cape Coral Art Studio in FL, I’m involved in a continuous learning process as the industry & techniques evolve. I love the freedom of expression, of color and design without the “lines”.
FUSED GLASS, also know as warm glass & kiln-formed glass, is made using a variety of processes where specific glass, time and kiln temperature soften and change the viscous of the glass. The most common processes are fusing, slumping & casting. Art pieces, functional pieces, and custom work are available.
Kiln firings can range from as little as 2 hours to 24+ hours based on size, thickness and the process. A finished piece of glass may have gone through multiple kiln firings depending on the type of glass, the size and the overall desired effect.
As an Artist working & studying in glass for 30+ years now, I love exploring & transforming glass into unique art pieces, especially because …I see the possibilities as endless…..
I have had my work on display at the Tioga County Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania Welcome Center (Route 15 southbound, 7 miles south of PA/NY border, Tioga), The Native Bagel Inc. I will also have work on display at the juried Art in the Wilds in Kane, PA. Like my Facebook page Cottage Glassworks!"