Moxie Sorbet Designs


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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    Stephanie Baness received her BFA from Mundelein College and her MLA from the University of Chicago. She spent 13 years in the legal sector as a litigation support analyst in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, she left her career to study glass for three years at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. After completing her studies, she relocated to New Jersey and started Moxie Sorbet Designs. In 2022, Stephanie relocated her studio to her home in Corrales, New Mexico.

    Stephanie realized that glass was her medium and she supplements her education with classes when time permits. She believes everyone should be able to own art so she created an affordable, functional line of glass to sell. In addition, she conducts workshops in her studio to teach people how to create glass pieces.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I cut sheets of glass that may be decorated with glass frit, powder and stringers. After I create the designs in the kiln, I fuse them at temperatures of around 1480 degrees then slump the pieces into molds. My schedules for the kiln vary depending on the desired result. After slumping the pieces, I cold work them using grinders and hand tools.

    A: Glass is the most amazing material I ever used. You need a kiln to fire a platter, but one can use a creme brulee torch to shape a glass stringer. Glass keeps me humble - every time I believe I understand how it will act, an unexpected result will turn up, making me rethink everything I know. I love the chemistry, physics and beauty of glass. I learn something new every day.

    A: I like to create functional pieces with holes in them. People are not always sure how to react to a "holey" functional platter. I like to play with organic open forms to keep my pieces light and airy. Pushing my audience to accept that function can be funky is one of my goals.

    A: I am curious and I love learning. Glass is an excellent medium for continued discovery. I would rather have a piece fail and learn something then be stuck in the same design rut.

    A: Koen Vanderstukken, who was head of the glass studio at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. He would always ask, "Why are you making that in glass?" That sentence made me a better creator and more thoughtful about how to approach my work.

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