annah james studios

art

 
 

With more than thirty years of glassmaking behind me, I find that I am always challenged by the new work that’s being commissioned. More and more, people know what they are looking at when they look at glass, so it’s easier to do something new; folks are ready for something modern, sophisticated, colorful or deep. It’s exciting to be an art glass maker now; I get to make pieces that incorporate many techniques and processes.


I finished a big project recently that inspired and challenged my creativity, my skills, and my willingness to hand off some of the technical work. I got to have the best client ever tell me at the end of it all that I’d created work that “inspires him every day”. You know, right there is the reason to create work for other people…it’s the impact that living with art can have on our lives that drives me. I knew my client would interact with this art daily – so my driving goal became to design something that would be simple enough to hang together thematically, while simultaneously creating a level of detail and depth that would surprise him later. What a treat to have him tell me how moved he is by the work.


Since the first time I saw a piece of fused glass (yes, I collared a man on the mall who was wearing a fused glass bolo tie “where did you GET that??” I asked him...) well, my life hasn’t really been the same since. I figured out that I was primarily a three dimensional artist, and while I used to feel unsure about using a pencil, a glass cutter held no fear for me. I took a beginners class, had a kiln within three weeks, and was off! It’s not been the same since. Now, there is no fear of pencils, either.


It seems to me that there are so many avenues of expression - from the ‘artistic’ to the mundane. There are moments when arranging a plate of food is just as artistic as making a window or creating a painting. It’s the Beauty Way. I love this path.

 

life as an artist

Architectural art glass, fused glass, warm glass, Annah James, Eugene, Oregon, glass artist, painter, collage artist

My glass projects range from large architectural installations to small residential work.  I love the process of working with clients to figure out what the best solution

will be for the spaces they live with.

Architectural art glass, fused glass, warm glass, Annah James, Eugene, Oregon, glass artist, painter, collage artist
Architectural art glass, fused glass, warm glass, Annah James, Eugene, Oregon, glass artist, painter, collage artist
Architectural art glass, fused glass, warm glass, Annah James, Eugene, Oregon, glass artist, painter, collage artist
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Annah James 2012

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