Ten years ago I discovered the world of glass. I created a wind chime from a wine bottle and came to find that no one else in the Northwest was doing the same thing. I wanted to make even a small contribution to our environment by deciding to focus on using bottles that were being thrown away rather than recycled. Thus “Eco-Chimes” was born and my mission statement of “Saving The World, One Bottle At A Time” came into being.
For the next eight years, I did home and garden shows, recycled art shows, Christmas bazaars and community art shows throughout Washington and Oregon. I relied on local bars and restaurants that did not have to recycle their bottles and thus were throwing them away, to provide me with my raw materials.
Two years ago, I came to the realization that I had to lighten my load and find something else that was not so heavy to move from one location to another. Coincidentally, a kiln was presented to me as a possible alternative tool to incorporate into my work. I closed out the bottle chimes part of my doing and began to focus on using glass that had been put through a kiln to either slump it or fuse it.
Today in 2018, I am exploring options I see working with both bottle glass and stained glass remnants. I am making wind chimes that are smaller – sun catchers – and window art that is both framed and unframed.
My website, eco-chimes.com is still under construction, but you are welcome to visit it.