Born of fire and silica, and being defined as a super-cooled liquid whose molecules are in motion, glass has an energy, clarity and beauty. When I am cutting the glass and manipulating the glass pieces and particles, the glass shows me the way it wants to evolve. It is a moving art form. I can have the art sketch in front of me, but as I work, the creation process takes over. The dance happens between my vision and the art’s own identity. I always am grateful for the blessing this process is.
The medium of fused glass allows for the integration of colors and preservation of the design elements, unlike the results of blowing glass. The finished glass can be front and/or back-lit, making for very dynamic art. I have found fascination in colored glass and focused on what light and glass do when they interact. Because glass uses light to bring the art to life, it has an ability to be a great source of energy for a space.
My method is recognized for its unique ways of creating new glass colors and visual ‘textures’ treasures by blending hundreds of tested-compatible, vibrantly colored glass fragments. The pieces are fused together in a kiln, at 1460º for several firings that can total 45-60 hours. The results are remarkably strong, long-lasting works of art.
I believe that artists have a particular spark of energy that does not rest until released. My career has led me from urban design for communities, parks, cities, and ski resorts; to jewelry design and manufacturing, and on to working in all forms of glass. I have incorporated my passion for environmental stewardship into the theme of much of my work.
I have respect for the challenges that working in glass presents, and strive to push the envelope on my projects to produce new types of kiln-formed creations. This has become a passion and a wonderful outlet for my creative energies.
My fusing studio is in the barn of a former dairy farm in Wisconsin, just outside of the Twin Cities, and I welcome visitors. I am also located in Minneapolis. Let's talk glass!
Bonnie’s design portfolio is extensive, and includes:
Site planner for the Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Colorado
Urban designer for large scale projects in NY, OH, CO, MN, and WI
Creator of Bonnie Rubinstein Jewelry, featured at Saks Fifth Ave. and better stores across the U.S. Chosen as the accessory line for fashion shows featuring Bill Blass, Yves St. Laurent and Missoni lines.
Sculptor of large public glass artwork at University of Wisconsin campuses.
Educator of environmental stewardship, design, and glass.
American Craft Council (ACC)
Midwest Arts in Healing Network (MAIHN)