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Suely Lohr - Fused Glass
I have been fusing glass for over 10 years (8 years full time artist) and before that, I was a mosaic artist for the previous 8 years.
Currently, I create glass art in a kiln using cut, crushed and powdered glass, glass stringers, dichroic glass. Each individual piece is designed fusing (in a kiln) two or more pieces of glass together to make one solid piece. My work includes functional, decorative and glass art panels. Functional pieces are slumped or draped in molds to create the different shapes. The wall panels also incorporate steel, aluminum and copper to create a unique piece of art. Over the years I have developed new techniques for melting glass in a kiln, including cold combing (design with powdered glass), vitrigraph (pulling glass stringers), combing (using metal hooks to ‘comb’ glass in a very hot kiln. I also learned how to create different effects using varying temperatures, firing times, etc. I love the vibrant colors of glass and how it reflects light, especially in the finished piece.
For functional glass, I like working with a wide range of glass types (clear, iridescent, transparent, etc.), using molds to slump or drape to shape the glass. In most of my glass art panels I create images to express my love of nature and the outdoors. I start with sheet glass, add frit (crushed glass) and glass powders which allow me to produce layers, retaining some texture on each piece.
Tom Lohr - Turned Wood
After 7th grade shop class, I was hooked on working with wood. Finding the time and the space to work on a hobby is difficult when you are just getting started in life, but slowly I began acquiring tools and working on small projects. As the kids got older and I was not coaching various teams or driving them everywhere, I started some larger furniture projects like shelving units and wine racks. That developed into larger projects like entertainment centers and dining room tables. As the complexity of the work increased, so did my ability to showcase the beauty of the wood. Two members of my wife's Art Guild kept telling her that I should investigate woodturning. Eventually, I took a beginners woodturning class and again, I was hooked. I bought a small lathe and started practicing on glued together pieces of construction lumber. After making a lot of mistakes, I graduated to hardwoods and began making usable pieces. A lot of the enjoyment in turning is starting with a section of a log or a piece of rough cut wood and seeing the beauty of the wood emerge as you shape. . You are always surprised with what you find when you start removing wood to shape the piece. Amazing grain, texture and effects are exposed. As I started improving my skills shaping pieces on the lathe, I also began to learn more about decorating the turned object. I now use carving, coloring, and pyrography, (wood burning), to decorate turned pieces. I continue to take classes from various Masters and attend symposiums to improve my skills. I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners and a member of several of the local chapters of that organization.