Colette Coad

With Studio 9

Fused Glass

My pieces range from whimsical to architectural to suitable for serving. All are colorful.

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Directions to Studio 9 at 41122 Leeward Road, The Sea Ranch. From Hwy 1 turn west onto Halcyon. Turn left onto Leeward.  The studio is on the east side of Leeward, directly across from Helm.

Studio Tour Hours:

Tour Dates August 28 & 29 September 4-5
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I will be absent from this studio on Labor Day Monday

Contact:

Email: ccoad2002@gmail.com

     I love glass.  It is not only my medium, it is a source of great joy and sometimes great frustration.  Eleven years ago, I took an introductory class on glass fusing.  I fell in love.  I bought a kiln and some glass (enough to fill a stand holding eight pieces).  I now have two kilns, five stands and two crates of glass.  Yes, I do love glass.

     I do fused glass which is also known as warm glass.  This is somewhat ironic given that I fuse at a top temperature of 1450 degrees Fahrenheit which seems much hotter than warm.   It takes about fourteen hours for the kiln to work its magic so this is not art for the impatient. There is no instant gratification.

     Glass has always intrigued and fascinated me.  I think the dichotomy of it being both dangerous and fragile while being so beautiful is captivating. I love the way it looks in different light and the almost endless combinations of colors and even textures that can be created.  I do wish I had bought stock in a band-aid company given how easy it is to cut myself while doing glass.

     Before the pandemic I attended a Glass Expo each spring.  I learned many techniques that I apply to my work.  It is fun to mix up the techniques and apply them to totally new forms that emerge from the kiln.  It’s amazing how many times I start working on an idea first thing in the morning and the next thing I know it is 2:30pm.  I haven’t had anything to eat or thought about anything else but glass.  Really a pretty good day.

     I had a very busy and fulfilling career in management consulting.  I traveled extensively in North America and Europe while raising my family with my husband.  I loved what I did and it offered many creative opportunities.  None of those opportunities were artistic.  After I moved to the coast and was retired for a while, I rediscovered glass. 

     I had never thought of myself as an artist.  The only “art” class I have ever taken was drawing.  I failed. I think I have found my “inner artist”.  I have come to believe that this inner artist exists in many, if not all, of us.  I was lucky to find glass with the first series of classes I took in Sebastopol.  The Mendonoma area offers so many opportunities to explore and discover what will unleash your inner artist.