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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holiday Sparkle | Upcycled Bottle Serving Trays

What do you get when you take a plain, clear wine bottle and add a half a teaspoon of sparkly mica powder into it and heat it up in the kiln until it is flat?

You get an amazing upcycled serving tray!

Sassy Glass Studio finally found a use for all the clear wine bottles that were getting a bad rap for not being 'pretty' enough to be made into serving trays, cheese boards, trivets, spoon rests or whatever you want to call them. The photo below shows the first bottles to receive some sparkly shine. There is one each of gold, bronze and reddish pink. More or less mica can be added to the bottle for different effects. More of these bottles will be created and will be available for sale at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Holiday Market, and in the Etsy shop very soon. These bottles will be $20 each. Regular sized wine bottles without mica are $15 and small bottles are $15 with mica and $10 without mica.

These trays are the perfect gift to give for anniversaries {gold, silver and bronze mica are available}, hostess gifts, weddings, and of course, Christmas. Discounts are available for order of ten or more bottles {plain or mica}.

Clear bottles with mica powder added prior to flattening in the kiln are a great gift idea!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn Has Arrived

Autumn made an appearance in East Tennessee for a few days at the beginning of October and it reminded me that Christmas is right around the corner. This means I have to create lots of fresh fused glass goodness to restock the Etsy shop and fill the booth at Market Square Farmers' Market. It also means that you still have time to place your custom order for Christmas gifts. 

Don't forget there is something Sassy for everyone! With the launch of the new Digital Fusography line of fused glass featuring color images permanently fused to the glass, the possibilities for personalized one-of-a-kind fused glass art are endless.

Drop by the Sassy Glass Studio Etsy shop to see what's new and drop by the Market Square Farmers' Market every Saturday to see what is available as well as place your custom orders.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sneak Peek | Digital Fusography

Sassy Glass Studio is excited to announce the arrival of Digital Fusography. Finally! For over one year I have been researching methods and processes for fusing full-color images permanently to one-of-a-kind glass jewelry and art. Sample pieces using several different types of digital images- people, animals, art, logos and flowers- were created on a base of white glass and are shown below. White does not print so white will almost always be the base color of choice, but it can be edged with a border in a coordinating or contrasting color to add interest to the piece.

The information below is retail/consumer pricing, but wholesale/vendor pricing will be available soon. This is unique product I will be marketing to my fellow photographers in time for the holidays. Contact me at for details/pricing before it is posted here.

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Pendant featuring fractal design by Steven Lareau

10 inch diameter bowl

Pendant featuring a photographers image of a baby

Photographer's image of a newborn

Coneflower photo

Photograph of a coneflower

Pendant with logo for Female Racing News website

Pendant showing off a bull dog puppy

Cat image graces this gorgeous pendant

Soft lavender irises shine on a pendant
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Going Green | Introducing the 'Recycling Center'

One day as I was cleaning and removing the labels from some wine bottles to flatten into cheese trays, I realized I could do something different with the bottles. I could break them! Not only could I create some new art, but I could also relieve my frustrations. Awesome!

This past Saturday at the Market Square Farmers' Market Sassy Glass Studio introduced the 'Recycling Center' featuring fused glass goodness created from recycled {or if you prefer 'upcycled'} glass bottles. These pieces join the wine bottle cheese trays I have been created for several years and are a small bowl and a business card holder. Additional pieces will be added to the collection over the next few weeks.

The bottle used to create these pieces was a Pellegrino water bottle which is a fabulous shade of light bright green. I am always on the hunt for colored bottles, so if you or someone you know has any to share, be sure to send them my way.

Business Card Holder | back view

Detail of bowl edge


Chunky but not sharp...

Business Card Holder | front view

Business Card Holder | side view
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sassy Glass Studio Featured on Pipsqueak & Petunia | Creative Entrepreneur Interview

Hello! I haven't posted in a couple of weeks so I have a few things to share. First, if you haven't already dropped by the Sassy Glass Studio booth at the Market Square Farmers' Market on Saturday's from 9am to 2pm, come by and say 'Hello'! And second, if you haven't popped over to the Facebook page and 'liked' it, you should. Click here to do it right now!

Some of you may have seen some sneak peeks of the Sock Monkey pendants, but if you haven't here he is! Sock monkey pendants are available by special order and are $40 each. Each one is custom created and they will be listed in the Etsy shop soon, but in the meantime you can drop me a line by e-mail if you would like to order one, or more and have a sock monkey party!

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Creative Entrepreneur Interview Series
Pipsqueak & Petunia- Handmade Dog Beds & Cat Beds and Other Pet Accessories

Kelsey Golden of Pipsqueak and Petunia was so kind to feature me in her Creative Entrepreneur Interview series this week. Visit this link to read my entertaining and perhaps informative interview. Kelsey was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed sharing my entrepreneurial insights with her readers. Check out the other creative people she has interviewed as well.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale

Many of you know that one of my passions is being an Etsy seller. I love how Etsy lets me share my one-of-a-kind fused glass goodness with the world without having to venture from Knoxville. Several years ago, the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team {KCHST} was formed with the intent of giving local Etsy sellers an opportunity to unite and network, share and learn as well as hold events to showcase our varied artist talents and crafts.
As the captain of the Knoxville Etsy Team many long hours are spent organizing and marketing this event so it means a lot to me when my friends, family and customers come and check it out. I hope to see you there and thank you for your continued support of the local handmade community.
The Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale is on the 14th from 10am to 6pm. Come shop Knoxville-area Etsy sellers at 127 W. Jackson Avenue in the Old City. While you are downtown, visit the Market Square Farmers' Market, where you will find me most every Saturday this summer, or the coffee houses and restaurants in the Old City. This is a free, family-friendly event and there is lots of parking in the area.

Sassy Glass Studio will be back at Market Square Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 21st from 9am to 2pm. Be sure to stop by and check out one of the most amazing reasons to live in Knoxville.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sassy Glass Studio | Market Square | Friday and Saturday

Sassy Glass Studio is taking Market Square by storm this weekend!

Sassy Glass Studio will be helping Rita's Italian Ice on Market Square celebrate First Friday on May 6th from about 5pm to 10pm. Drop by and enjoy some of the tasty treats Rita's has to offer and check out the fused glass goodness. Great opportunity to see some new designs and pick up a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gift.

On Saturday from 9am to 2pm we'll be participating in the Market Square Farmers' Market along with lots of fresh produce, baked items and of course many talented artists and craftspeople. You can also indulge your Rita's craving again. {Yummy...custard!}

There are so many fabulous activities taking place in Downtown Knoxville this sure to get out of the house and come wander around and enjoy the sights and sounds of our wonderful town.

See you soon!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dogwood Arts Festival Market Square Art Fair | April 15th through 17th

The dogwoods are in full bloom and that can only mean one's Dogwood Arts time in East Tennessee! Sassy Glass Studio is participating in the Dogwood Arts Festival Market Square Art Fair for the fourth year in a row this weekend, Friday through Sunday. This year we'll be located right on Market Square near Latitude 35 and not far from the entertainment stage. Be sure to stop by and say Hello! We'll have lots of fresh fused glass goodness, information about classes and where to find Sassy Glass Studio this Summer available too.
The Art Fair is on Friday, April 15th from 10am to 8pm; Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 8pm and Sunday, April 17th from 11am to 5pm.

The Dogwood Arts Festival is free and family-friendly with lots of entertainment and food {corn dogs and funnel cake!}. See you there!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Sassy Glass Studio | Eleven O'Clock Rock | April 8, 2011

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Friday, March 18, 2011

March is National Craft Month | Creative Business Workshop | Fused Glass Classes

Would you love to learn how to create your own one-of-a-kind fused glass art? Or are you an artist looking to make money selling your creations? Either way, I have you covered. March is National Craft Month and it's not too late to get your craft on at Sassy Glass Studio. We have something for those who create and for those your want to create. See you soon!

First, I want to let you know I am offering a Creative Business Workshop in conjunction with a collaboration of my two creative businesses, ALM Photo and Sassy Glass Studio. This full-day workshop is only $79 and will teach you how to take your creative business to the next level and is perfect for artists who have been selling their art at shows and fairs for years or for new craftspeople getting started selling on Etsy. Lots of emphasis will be placed on pricing, marketing, customer retention and creating your brand. You will also learn some tips and tricks for photographing your work to catch the customer's eye in a sea of handmade goodness. You can register for the class here or contact me at or 865-406-3870.

Second, Spring is a great time to schedule a Beginner Fused Glass Class {or Intermediate if you have already taken the Beginner Class} and learn how to create some amazing art of your own. Who knows maybe you'll be signing up for the Creative Business Workshop next time around. Classes are taught on  your schedule so you don't have to rearrange your life just to take the class. Bring some friends and save on your class fee. Find out more or register for class here.


Drop by Sassy Glass Studio the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd from 10am to 5pm for the Dogwood Arts Festival Artists DeTour and check out the studio and watch me work. Or just come and say Hello and ask questions. It's an opportunity for me to open my doors to the public and share my creativity with the world. There will some specials and a giveaway for two so be sure to come by and register.

Sassy Glass Studio will also be at the Dogwood Arts Festival Market Square Art Fair April 15-17. The event is 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. Lots of great local artisans and craftspeople will be selling their handmade goodness. Plus there are always corn dogs and funnel cakes. And who doesn't love one of those?

Lastly, don't forget Sassy Glass Studio is your local source for handmade custom created gifts for any occasion. Call to make an appointment to drop by the Studio or to place an order for some one-of-a-kind fused glass art.

This just in...Sassy Glass Studio will be participating in the Market Square Farmers Market most Saturdays and many Wednesdays. Check the calendar on the blog or the Facebook page for the schedule. So excited to be a part of one of Knoxville's favorite things to do on Saturday morning.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Creativity Central Presents {Creative Business Workshop} | A Division of ALM Photo and Sassy Glass Studio

Chihuly | Bellagio | Las Vegas 2011

Good news! I finally chose a date for the first {Creative Business Workshop}! The workshop is produced in conjunction with Creativity Central which is a collaboration of Sassy Glass Studio and ALM Photo, my two creative businesses. The workshop is on March 26th, Saturday, from 9am to 5pm {plus an optional dinner meet-up} and you will learn everything from how to get your creative business idea out of your head and into reality as well as how to successfully sell your handmade and creative items around the world. You will find everything you need to know here

This workshop is perfect for creative business people of all types from designers to artists to photographers. Everyone is welcome and you will take away valuable information that will help guide your business to the next level. By the way, if you previously checked out the workshop information, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that the registration fee has been reduced to $79.


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have a Heart! | It's Valentine's Day

Well, well, well...looks like it's that time of year again when everyone scrambles around trying to find the perfect gift that turns out to be anything but. How about avoiding all the drama this year and giving your loved one something Sassy? Not only do we offer the gift of fused glass goodness, but we have gift certificates for glass classes too. Take a peek at some of the pendants and rings created just for Valentine's Day!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sassy New Year | {Teach} {Create} {Connect}

This year I am changing the focus of my creative world back to my photography. No pun intended! Creating fused glass art, as some of you know, is something I fell into quite by accident and while I love creating my one-of-a-kind art I feel it's time to redirect my energy toward the business I share with my husband, Allan, ALM Photo. Earlier this month I launched a brand-new division for boudoir photography, Velvet {Boudoir Photography} which I am very excited about. Be sure to check it out and share with your friends.

Don't worry I am not going to shutter my glass studio but instead I am going to put more energy into teaching fused glass classes, creating more unique and challenging art and connecting with more artists, gallery owners, shopkeepers and customers.

Not only do I want to continue to offer Beginner and Intermediate Fused Glass Classes, but I would love to offer an Advanced class as well. The class structure and pricing will remain the same, so if you have been wanting to take one of the classes, I am booking now for Spring and Summer. This year I am introducing a workshop series in conjunction with Creativity Central, a partnership of ALM Photo, Sassy Glass Studio and other creative professionals who have something wonderful to share. My first workshop series will teach creative people how to sell their creations and operate as a business. There will be more to come so bookmark the Creativity Central blog site and check back soon for details.

Starting this year, I am going to focus on growing as an artist and create one-of-a-kind fused glass art that pushes my ability and knowledge. Just like I choose to work on personal projects as a photographer, I will be working on designs that have been swirling around in my head for years. Although I will continue to create the items my customers have grown to love and expect, look for me to be creating larger and more complex works of art.

One of my most important goals for this Sassy New Year is to become a part of Knoxville's Market Square Farmer's Market {MSFM} which will give me the opportunity to meet more local people and Sassify the local area. Being involved with the local Etsy Team, Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team, is something I truly love and it takes time to manage the Team as well as organize the two events we hold each year so I feel being a part of MSFM will keep me focused locally while selling through my Etsy shop gives me the chance to take Sassy Glass Studio global.

So, there you have it...a little more about me, the artist behind the glass-filled kiln. If you've been with me all along I thank you for being here for me and if you have just found me, stick around and see where this adventure will take us. Stay Sassy!

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