Let me officially introduce the EARTHFIRE ARTS initial product line--painting by Ann Cheeks, glass by Diane Quarles @Aspen Light Glass Studio and metal work by Joanne Taplin@JT Metalworks! There will be a sneak peak of 4 of the initial product line this Sunday afternoon at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway Colorado.
This is the second dimensional glass piece set in the metal frame. Joanne @ Resource Art Gallery has been working on the frames/stands for the pieces and we made 2 for testing. The first one was on the counter at her gallery and two clients saw them and wanted to purchase it (we were a little hesitant since they are prototypes) so we finished a second one for the other client. Hopefully, we can get back to work and get these puppies finished and juried in to a wholesale site and get them on the shelves. I am really hopeful that this product will take off.
Ann and I continue our discovery of dimensional glass combining Bullseye Color Line Paints and frit in multiple layers. We have learned that repeated high fires of the paints does compromise the integrity of the color, so we are using 2 coats of separately fired paints with one large full fusing in order to reduce the number of high temp exposures.
The piece on the lower right is a final piece, with the lower left and upper pieces using the above method. Now for the final frit application to create the final dimension. If this last fire is successful, I feel reasonably confident that we have come up with the right formula in crafting our product.
Welcome to the blog! I am the artist and gallery owner, Diane Quarles. I will post day-to-day outcomes and events here so you can see what is going on in the studio this month.