Since my Grandma taught me to sew at age 5, I have had my hands in one creative endeavor or another. When I became a stay-at-home-mom/empty-nester, my creativity took on a new dimension.
Three months after taking my first flame-worked glass class, I put a studio in my garage. Now I have trouble fitting in things like dinner and laundry! To say I am addicted to my torch may be an understatement.
I love coming up with new color combinations for my glass creations; beads, sculptures, ornaments and door pulls.
Gerbe Glass is up and running in the center of hip, artsy Lawrenceville neighborhood in Pittsburgh! I am often found melting glass right in the storefront window! Stop by and say hi!
-What is Flame worked art glass?
I use a torch that burns natural gas and oxygen and rods of boroscilicate glass. The working temperature of boro is around 2200 degrees. I use heat, gravity and a few tools to manipulate the glass into all sorts of creations. All my pieces are properly annealed in a digital kiln for strength and durability.