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Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Year. New Fusography Collections.

So much has happened with Sassy Glass Studio since I fired my first kiln load of fused glass goodness nearly 9 years ago. There have been periods of intense creative growth, the addition of new products and designs, lots of markets, studio reorganizations, many students to teach and the building of a sustainable creative business. But there has also been so much more than all that. I've evolved as an artist and creative entrepreneur, and I'm now running three businesses- Sassy Glass Studio, ALM Photo, and Pink Spark Creative. Pink Spark Creative is where I share all of the knowledge, lessons and experience I have gained as a creative entrepreneur over the last 10+ years. It was because of the growth of ALM Photo and my desire to launch Pink Spark Creative that I spent very little time in the glass studio last year. In fact, I took nearly a complete break from May to November. It was a much-needed break, but I was back in the studio before the holiday markets and now I'm recharged and ready to take things in a bit of a different direction.

As you may know, I took a small space within Handmade at Southern Market along with 50 or so other Knoxville area Etsy sellers in October. This opportunity forced me to evaluate the items I was creating and offering for sale there and in my Etsy shop. And it also made me realize it was time to "practice what I preach" to my Pink Spark Creative clients and offer a smaller selection of items that, while still one-of-a-kind and handmade, could be made in limited quantities or duplicated.

So, that leads me to the announcement of some of the new Fusography Collections for 2016. I've really enjoyed designing artwork that can then be turned into a decal and fired onto my glass art. The first pieces will be coasters, but I'll be expanding to plates, platters, small trinket dishes and more over the next few months. Being able to add coordinating patterns to my pieces is something truly unique that no other fused glass artist is doing. For once, I am on the cutting edge!

These coasters were created to give folks a fun pop of color on their desk and either motivation, inspiration or a good laugh. If you have any suggestions for designs, please let me know. I am always open to new ideas!

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Visit the Sassy Glass Studio Etsy shop to purchase. As of January 24, 2016 not all of these items are listed in the shop, but they will be. Also, the turnaround time is currently about 3 weeks until I determine which designs will be created and sold on a regular basis. (This is probably why I have procrastinated about doing this for like three years. I didn't know what to create!)

And, if you are interested in learning how to create your own fused glass goodness, I will begin teaching beginner and intermediate classes again in April. At this time, I do not teach a class in the Fusography method as it is a long process and would take about a week to cover. I will, however, be creating a video and possible an ebook on the process that will be available for sale.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Shop Handmade This Holiday Season!

Shop Handmade This Holiday Season!

Here is where you will find Sassy Glass Studio!

Handmade @ Southern Market
On-going, permanent shop
Sassy Glass Studio is one of over 50 Etsy shops participating in this wonderful shop located within Southern Market at 5400 Homberg Drive, Knoxville. For more information and shop hours please visit Southern Market's website.

Market Square Holiday Market
December 12 & 19
This annual outdoor shopping event is a Knoxville favorite! Taking place on the Saturdays before Christmas from 12 PM until 6 PM, the Holiday Market offers something for everyone. Sassy Glass Studio will have lots of gifts and ornaments available. Refer to the interactive map for Sassy Glass Studio's specific location or come and wander until you find me.
HOLIDAY MARKET SPECIALS
{available at Market Square Holiday Market (all days) and Ijams Holiday Market only}
Purchase 5 snowflake ornaments for only $35! (save $5)
Purchase 5 Christmas tree ornaments and get 1 free! (save $20)
These ornaments are very popular and available in a variety of colors! They are perfect for gift-giving or adding as an embellishment for that special gift. Christmas trees can be personalized on the back at no additional cost!
DEADLINES & OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Last day for custom orders with Knoxville area delivery or pick-up: December 18th
Last day for orders to ship from the Etsy shop via USPS Priority Mail for delivery before Christmas: December 18th
Last day to order Fusography pieces for Christmas delivery via USPS Priority Mail:December 6th
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Back in the Studio | Hello September...

Hello September...

I'm back after a summer vacation from the glass studio feeling re-energized and ready to create loads of fresh fused glass goodness. I've never taken two months off from the glass studio and it was pleasantly refreshing. Even though I was at the Market Square Farmers' Market in July and August, I didn't create any new pieces. And I missed the creating. A lot.

My husband, Allan, and I took a two-week trip to Colorado at the end of July into the beginning of August to visit family and do a lot of mountain biking. It was a refreshing break from the usual routine and we had a blast riding the Monarch Crest Trail as well as doing some downhill at Steamboat Springs and Trestle/Winter Park. And we enjoyed a week in Eagle with my brother, sister-in-law and two adorable nieces. So much fun to spend time with them and there are fabulous mountain bike trails in the area that we could access from the neighborhood. We can't wait to go back.

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Me on the trails in Eagle, CO
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Me on the trails in Eagle, CO
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Me at Steamboat Springs
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Our bicycles at the start of the Monarch Crest Trail on the Continental Divide Trail

But as awesome as that time away was, the good mood was broken when my mother passed away 10 days ago. My wonderful mom lived with us for the last few years and was a part of our everyday life. Her presence is felt throughout our home. Everyone handles their grief differently and I decided that I need to get back into the glass studio, to creating and making art that others can enjoy through a process I enjoy. My mom would expect nothing less. She always told me, "you do good work", no matter whether I was working in the garden, mowing the lawn, taking photos or creating fused glass art. I'm going to make her happy and continue to do good work.

Expect to see some new pieces at the Market Square Farmers' Market on Saturday, September 19th and in the Etsy shop too. I've shared some of the new Fusography designs I've been working on for Fall 2015. I'm also taking custom orders for the holidays starting today. Don't forget that Fusography orders (images fused on glass) need a minimum of three weeks lead time and most other pieces need at least two weeks.

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Happy Fall Y'all design for Fall 2015

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Hello Gorgeous! design for Fall 2015

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Bottoms Up! design for Fall 2015

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Pump up the jam! design for Fall 2015

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Red rain boots design for Fall 2015

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Fall Trees design for Fall 2015
Drop by and see Sassy Glass Studio at the Market Square Farmers' Market on the 15th or email me to place a custom order or inquire about my work. I love to teach others how to create their own fused glass goodness in my Beginner and Intermediate Fused Glass Classes too!
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Give the Best Gift Ever! Fusography!

Does finding the perfect gift drive you a little crazy?


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How many times have you wandered a store, physically or virtually, looking for the perfect gift for someone special? Doesn't it bum you out when you can't seem to find that "one special thing" that is not only unique, but that you know they will love, and is within your gift-giving budget. I pretty sure we've all been there. Nobody wants to feel crappy because they can't find the perfect gift. Not everyone is gifted, pardon the pun, in their ability to find that "one special thing". But there is good news for you, I have the solution and it will kick the butt of all the other gift givers!

Problem / Solved


Several years ago I was trying to figure out a way to incorporate my fused glass art with my photography so I could offer my ALM Photo clients unique ways to display and gift the images I had taken. For months, I searched the Interwebz looking for a company that offered custom made, fusible decals of my photos and about the time I was ready to give up, I found one. Some of you may already be familiar with the story of how Fusography came about, but for those of you just finding out about Sassy Glass Studio and the awesomeness of Fusography it was one of the happiest days of my life. I am pretty sure I did a little dance! Now, not only could I create one-of-a-kind fused glass art as I had been for several years, but I could add a photo or other graphic (illustrations and any other artwork that can be turned into a digital format) to make pieces that were one-of-a-kind on a whole new level.

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Being able to create these unique pieces got me thinking about all the possibilities! Need an awesome gift for that hard to shop for relative- I've got you covered; want to wow the newlyweds with a piece that perfectly matches their style- I've got you covered; want to give matching gifts to bridesmaids, girlfriends, sorority sisters, family members- I've got you covered. The possibilities are truly endless!

So, if you are looking to give a gift or create a piece of art that will share a special moment, match a decor or tell a story, I'd love to talk with you and work to create some one-of-a-kind Fusography fused glass goodness. I can create items from jewelry to wall hangings and trays, so there is pretty much something for everyone.

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My Etsy shop has a Fusography section which mostly showcases pendants, rings and coasters as those are very popular pieces that appeal to my customers but, as I mentioned above there are lots of differents designs I can create. Any image that you have copyright permission to print can be turned into a Fusography piece of art.

Click these links to find out more about:

The process of creating Fusography

The Etsy shop Fusography section

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Fusography plates (6 inches square) created for a customer

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Sassy Glass Studio, fused glass class, Knoxville, TN, July 2015, beginner fused glass class


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Sassy Glass Studio will be back at the Market Square Farmers' Market on Saturday, July 11th from 9am to 2pm.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Sky Blue | Featured in the Etsy Shop

The rain has been falling in nearly every day for a week in East Tennessee but every so often, when I glance up from my work, I see some blue sky peeping out from the grey clouds. When I was checking in on my Etsy shop earlier today, I noticed quite  of my fused glass items were the color of a bright blue sky and I thought I would share some here to brighten your day and mine too!

Most of these pieces are available, so if you see something you like and it's not in the Etsy shop let me know. Some of this fused glass goodness hasn't made it to the shop yet!

Celebrate the Fourth of July safely and enjoy some time with friends and family! I'll be out and about, hopefully on my mountain bike at some point. All this rain has made for sloppy trails that need time to drain and dry.

Sky Blue


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Sassy Glass Studio, fused glass class, Knoxville, TN, July 2015, beginner fused glass class


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Sassy Glass Studio will be back at the Market Square Farmers' Market on Saturday, July 11th from 9am to 2pm.
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