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About This Artist
Brett Hay is a kiln formed glass artist from Huntingtown, Maryland. He was first introduced to glass art when he was still in high school and fell in love with the medium. His inspiration for his work comes from his travels and the world around him. He makes most of his work using the Murrine technique. This involves pulling rods out of a kiln that is heated up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. He then chops these rods up and melts them back together before forming them into the final shape.
Q&A With This Artist
A: All of my glass work is kiln formed. I design and cut the glass, then put into a kiln to fuse it into a sheet, and put it back in the kiln to "slump" the glass to give it shape. My favorite technique is called Murrine, which is similar to millefiori. This involves making rods by cutting and layering discs of glass into a terra cotta pot, and heating in a special kiln to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the glass is molten it is pulled through the bottom of the kiln to form decorative rods.
A: My passion for fused glass began when I was 16 years old. My high school art teacher taught me how to make a basic fused design, and ever since the first time working with kiln formed glass, I loved it. Working with glass is unlike any other material. I enjoy learning new techniques, exploring the possibilities, and pushing the limits of the medium.
A: One of the most unique things about my designs is the ability of my work to transform given different lighting conditions. I use mainly translucent colors which allows my work to brighten and react with various light sources to cast colorful shadows.
A: Craft materials connects many people and the crafts community is truly special. It transcends language barriers. Throughout my travels in Asia I always made an effort to immerse my self into the local art scene. Even though I don't speak their language, I think enthusiasm and appreciation for what the craftsmen are creating is universal. Many times artists would invite me into their studios and even try to teach me their craft.
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