Chrissie Smith

Quite simply this person loves walking and watching birds.
Originally I took time to sketch the scenery around me as I walked.

Now I also use my memories as I work in a variety of media. The design ideas and composition develop as I work and the pieces become more spontaneous. A pastel painting can become the starting point for a fused glass panel. Then I use pieces of coloured bullseye glass placed over clear, transparent glass. Spaces are filled with finer glass and layers are built up in this way. The final panel can be many layers thick and once in the kiln takes 24 hours to fuse.

I imagine my panels recreating textures on a beach, sun streaked landscapes and more simply the colours and shapes of birds familiar to us. My work is displayed either set in stone for Gardens or hung on walls framed.

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