I am interested in collaborative work.
Bonnie creates unique fused glass architectural art pieces, Judaica, and Mezuzot. About 18 years ago she noticed that glass artisans were not experimenting with compositional art in large scale pieces. She challenged herself to go big, bold, and beautiful in scale and visual details, and pushed the envelope in glassmaking to do so. Bonnie developed methods to achieve stunning effects in the glass and now integrates these into wall murals, lighting, counter tops, privacy walls and sculptures. Her passion for glass is is evident in the cutting edge pieces she creates in her studio in a large former dairy barn, just outside of the Twin Cities, where she explores the medium with enthusiasm.
It was glass that was always a most enthralling combination to me. Mesmerized by the clarity, color, and light playing its games with the medium, I dove in and am self-taught: from glass blowing at the Toledo Museum of Art; stained glass; neon at Minnesota Institute of Art; and building my glass-fusing studio in a former dairy barn in Wisconsin. Fusing glass allows control of the design outcome, through integrating glass shapes that I cut from large sheets of pure colored glass, that meld together in the kiln at specific temperatures. I can control the composition of the work, and add visual textures through methods I developed. The work often has themes inspired by nature, science, or abstract thought, and many pieces are water inspired. My urban design background shows itself in the ‘scapes’ that appear. Most pieces take about a week days to work cold (designing, cutting glass), then 1-2 weeks of firing and cooling , and repeating the firing process, and then shaping.
Since 1990, I have also been an environmental advocate for business sustainability, via EcoSource Inc. (Target, Cargill, MSP Int’l Airport,..) This environmental focus is demonstrated in my pieces.