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Today, we take a tour into the glass studio of Cindy Gimbrone....
Good morning, All and welcome to my studio! Today finds me hard at work as I am most days at refining my "voice." With the large number of glass beadmakers out in the world now, we can rest assured the art of glass beadmaking won't die out soon yet among the crowd it can be difficult to create a unique voice in your work. I imagine beadmakers in other mediums and jewelrymakers can feel the same way.
My voice begins with the medium. I work in glass because I'm drawn to the medium and the physical properties of the glass. Glass is a liquid in the flame and a solid outside the flame. It allows me to create texture and form in my work, like in the Rainbow Spiral below.
The clear glass gives texture to the layer of color underneath and the whole form of the spiral is sculptural.
The uneven ovals of the Love Links with Bling and the Purplicious Love Links breaks up the monotony of an even, identically shaped chain and creates a unique rhythm of its own.
So when I'm in the studio, I'm practicing and refining my voice, a voice full of texture and form, one I hope appeals to others too.
What kind of voice do you have? Is it textural like mine? Is it full of color?
Please tell us about your voice by leaving a comment today. One of your comments will be selected at random for a set of Love Links.
I look forward to learning about your voice!