Kiln Formed Glass Art by Connie Gates--Handmade in the Pacific Northwest

About

I began my journey with fused glass in 1992 while working full time in a pressure cooker career. It was at this time I realized working with vibrant glass colors was not only a great stress reliever and creative outlet, but truly something I loved. Unable to juggle my job and glass art, I schemed and planned for an artsy retirement later in life!

In 2008 I retired from my career, left big city life, and moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest near the Columbia River where I currently co-own a small ranch. Each day I am constantly mesmerized by nature’s abundant palette of the surrounding environment and its inspiration for art. My glass art ranges from practical to abstract reflecting on the dynamics of texture, color, and illusion of movement created with glass. Most of my days are spent working in my studio creating new designs, experimenting with new techniques, and teaching classes to interested member’s of surrounding communities.

I am currently studying glass casting using the lost wax technique and concurrently learning sculpting and casting metal. More recently, I have been exploring multi layered and enameled glass art and just having fun!