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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just in time for the Holidays!

A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with one of my Market Square Farmers' Market neighbor vendors  and somehow the conversation came around to dry erase boards. I honestly don't know how it did, but I decided I would create some boards and bring them to the Market. I made five different designs and color combinations and they made their debut at the Farmers' Market this past Saturday.

I am pretty jazzed about the whole dry erase board idea and can't wait to create some more. They are about 6 inches wide by 8 inches tall and feature two stainless steel loops at the top for hanging. I added a ribbon hanger to each one, but you could easily swap it out for something more appropriate for your decor.

The 6 x 8 dry erase boards are $35 each and you can find them in the Sassy Glass Studio Etsy shop or at the Market Square Holiday Market on December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from noon until 7pm. Custom created boards are also available, so let me know if you want a particular color combination. Or you can add full color photos to your board for an additional cost. These are a great gift idea and I can't believe I didn't think to make them sooner!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments Class


Unfortunately I had to cancel this class, 
but there will be another announced soon. 
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Fused Glass Holiday Ornaments Class

November 13th at 6pm
Learn how to create your own fused glass ornaments!
Example of tree and frame before decorating

Create one ornament for $20 or two for $30. Choose from Christmas tree or photo frame.
Contact Lisa at or 865.406.3870 to reserve your spot!

Sassy Glass Studio also offers Beginner Fused Glass Class on your schedule. Click on the image above to find details about the class and how to schedule. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Sassy Glass Studio will also be at the Market Square Farmers' Market this weekend, November 10th from 9am to 2pm.
Holiday Market {on Market Square} is December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 12pm to 7pm. 
See you there!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

How May I Help You?

Teacher. Educator. Instructor. Mentor.

These are roles I never thought I would fill when I was learning about fused glass nearly five years ago, but here I am, filling them right up!

I love teaching people how to create their own fused glass art, answering their questions about kilns when they have as one student said "become addicted to fused glass", and encouraging students to experiment with techniques, colors and designs. The first time someone asked me if I am concerned about my students becoming my competition I was taken aback. Why would I be upset if one of my students was so inspired by my work and my instruction to start creating their own art and sell it?

One of my first fused glass class student's working on her project
One of my recent students, Kim Currin, found me while searching for information about flattening bottles. Kim has been creating glasses and vases by cutting down bottles for quite a while, but she wanted to do something different with them. Somehow Kim managed to find me through a Google search and we started talking about glass and next thing I know Kim's signed up for Beginner Fused Glass Class. She was an excellent student, creating gorgeous colorful pieces in thoughtful designs and I just knew the next time I heard from her it would be to let me know she bought a kiln. I was so right!
In process: Kim creating her 12 inch square platter
Several months have passed since Kim last graced my studio with her creativity and she now has her own creative space in Cleveland, TN to focus on her slumped bottle pieces and fused glass coasters, nightlights, plates, platters and more. Kim also has an Etsy shop and Facebook page. Take a look at what she's working on at Kim Currin Creations and give her some love. I do believe I have taught her well!

I am so proud of each and every one of my students and there is nothing I want more than for them to be successful whether they just take the classes for fun to learn a new craft or if they jump right in with both feet and start a business. My students inspire me and often give me fresh ideas for my own work. Many of them have become friends. I love that! If you are interested in learning more about my fused glass classes, visit the page links at the top of the page for more information or contact me for more information.

Teacher. Educator. Instructor. Mentor. Love it.

So, just as I was finishing up this post guess who calls me? Kim! She had a question for me. I was thrilled to hear from her and she made my day when she told me she talks about me every day and that she's happy I am her mentor. Do I have the best students or what?! They are always teaching me something.
In process: Kim's platter after full fusing and before slumping
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Market Square Farmers' Market begins this week | Sassy Glass Studio

It seems like my fellow Market Square Farmers' Market vendors and I were just lamenting about how we wouldn't see one another for 4 whole months and now it's May and time for the Market to begin for it's ninth season. If you live in Knoxville and the surrounding area, I personally invite you to come out for the opening Market to see all the amazing produce, meat, prepared food, and multitude of tasty treats, not to mention all of the great handcrafted items created by local artists and craftspeople. The Market runs from 9am and 2pm each Saturday through Thanksgiving and then again the Saturday's before Christmas for the Holiday Market. I will be dedicating a post each week to a fellow Market vendors starting next week. Many of the vendors are my fellow members of the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team who I hope you will seek out and support.

Support your local farmers, craftspeople, artists and of course, the most amazing farmers' market in the state of Tennessee! Oh, and check out these great businesses that support the farmers' market vendors.

I look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fusography | Full-color images on glass

Since launching Fusography, the process of permanently fusing full-color digital images to glass, I have done some tests with base colors, sizes and various types of images. Over the next month I will be creating some fresh pieces that will be available for sale, and not just for me to show you as examples. Also, other products such as nightlights and platters and plates will be introduced. The fusography pieces below feature my photography, but I do create custom pieces with any digital image you have permission to print or own the copyright to.
Fusography is perfect for creating one-of-a-kind gifts, personalized gifts, business gifts and items for the office, custom jewelry {pendants and rings} and more. The possibilities are endless!
Contact me for details or to place an order.

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Coaster with a wedding image

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Sample plate centerpiece with portrait image

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Art in April | Dogwood Arts Festival events

Is it really March already? I can't believe I haven't posted anything since before the holidays. If you live in the Southeast you have probably been experiencing the same crazy weather I have been here in Knoxville. Tornadoes, snow and balmy 70 degree days all in the same week got me thinking about the saying "In like a lion and out like a lamb" that I learned as a child. I found this post from the Farmers' Almanac website of interest and thought I would share it below. April is right around the corner and with it come the events of the Dogwood Arts Festival including the Market Square Art Fair taking place on April 13 through 15 and the Art DeTour on April 28 and 29.. I participate in both of these events and always cross my fingers that the weather will be cooperative. It rarely is, but I can hope, can't I?
Mark your calendar for the Dogwood Arts Festival events and come on out and visit me and Sassy Glass Studio. Both events are free and lots of fun. I mean, how could watching me work in my glass studio not be fun! I look forward to seeing you soon!


The Truth Behind “In Like a Lion out Like a Lamb”

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb?”
Is there any truth to this saying??? Weather sayings are as colorful as our imagination. While many sayings are based on careful observations and turn out to be accurate, others are merely rhymes or beliefs of the people who came before us.
Those people often believed that bad spirits could affect the weather adversely, so they were cautious as to what they did or did not do in certain situations. Those beliefs often included ideas that there should be a balance in weather and life. So, if a month came in bad (like a lion), it should go out good and calm (like a lamb).
With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring-like temperatures or late-season snowstorms, you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances. We can only hope that if March starts off cold and stormy it will end warm and sunny, but the key word is hope. However, this saying seems be to more of a rhyme  rather than a true weather predictor.
Some other March related lore includes:
A dry March and a wet May?Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.
As it rains in March so it rains in June.
March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.
What will the weather be like in March?  Check out your forecasts here.
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