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Enhancing Environments with One-of-a-Kind Fused Glasswork

Artist
Creating art is a gift;  for art promotes health and well-being,
and can transform the observer's experience in an environment.. 

Former urban designer and environmental consultant, Bonnie analyzes spaces and complements their attributes with stunning artwork that then enhances the experience of the users of a space.
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Bonnie fell in love with colored glass as a young child. She’d stare at it for long periods of time, mesmerized by the sparkling light and depth it offered. After she had been an accomplished designer in other arenas, fused glass said ‘Pursue me, we will do great things together’, and they do. In her studio housed in a reclaimed 100 yr. Old dairy barn, she creates award-winning wall sculptures, lighting fixtures, sinks, bowls and counter tops for hospitals, universities, restaurants and residences.

Bonnie’s has had a long-term commitment to dynamic, creative, yet balanced, design. She obtained an advanced degree in urban design and planning; a professional highlight was working for Vail Associates on the site planning/design team that built the Beaver Creek ski resort. She subsequently designed and manufactured an exclusive line of high-end, sculpted fashion jewelry sold at Saks 5th Avenue, I Magnum, and better art galleries nationwide. She formed a company, EcoSource, Inc., which implemented environmentally sustainable programs for clients such as Target Corporation and MSP Airport.

But it was glass that was always enthralling. She blew glass at the Toledo Museum of Art, and worked in stained glass and neon. But the medium of fused glass that allows her to integrate specific shapes into the glass that remain in tact in the kiln, so she can control the design outcome. Her urban design background shows itself in the ‘scapes’ that appear in the work.

Method:
She sketches her thoughts to true scale, and begins the cutting / carving process, positioning glass in layered imagery. That base piece is fired inside a kiln at 1430˚, up to 3 times. Then the glass is shaped in steel or clay forms in a subsequent firing. The glass spends up to 80 hours in the hot kilns. The results are remarkably strong, long-lasting works of art. In the creation of each art piece, she pushes herself to do something different with aesthetics and/or function.

​Member: 
American Craft Council (ACC)
Midwest Arts in Healing Network (MAIHN)





715-220-8105                email: bonnie@rubinsteinstudio.com