Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Media Spotlight—Glass Artists 2009

Rod Baker—Glass Blowing

Meet Rod Baker... demonstrating how
hand blown glass is made.
Rod and his little friend demonstrate Rod’s
glass fusion kiln.

Rod Baker grew up on the Central Coast as a surfer and sailor. He is influenced by the tide pools and rich marine environment.

A wood craftsman by trade, he began with stained glass 30 years ago, later discovering the art of fusing. His love for glass brought him to Cal Poly located in San Luis Obispo, California, where he studied glass blowing. The colors and themes of his glass reflect the natural environments of the sea.

His skills include, glass fusing, torch worked marbles and jewelry, created in his Los Osos studio. All hand blown glass is done at his gallery in Florence Oregon. Each unique piece is individually hand crafted.

Cup and platter © Rod Baker

Karen Peterson—Stained Glass

Morro Rock © Karen Peterson
Imagine © Karen Peterson
Dream © Karen Peterson

Karen took her first stained glass class during the late 1970's completing several leaded projects in addition to small copper foil ones.

After earning a B.S. in Recreation Administration her interest in photography was rekindled by her father’s gift of his old Ziess Contaflex 35mm SLR. Karen put away her stained glass and pursued her interest in photography throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Although Karen's first love is photography, after a subsequent relocation to Morro Bay in 1999, she set up a small stained glass work area and began making her stained glass sun catchers.

Karen has been creating her stained glass sun catchers for Gallery at Marina Square during the last three years now.