Artist Profile: Sandy Feder

Glass artist Sandy Feder shares her portfolio, and talks about inspiration and technique.

 

Fused glass art by Sandy Feder. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How would you describe your inspiration and current direction?

SF:  People and nature inspire me. I have been a teacher for over 25 years and in my position, I inspired students to do their best to prepare for the future for themselves and their families. I still want that for people and I want that for the future of our planet. So my artwork features people and nature.

 

Fused glass art by Sandy Feder. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

Growing up in Southern California meant that the beach was my favorite place to relax and enjoy family, nature and friends. Much of my artwork in designed to express the relaxing feeling we get when we simply enjoy nature as it is presented to us. When life gives us stress, step into nature and be calmed.

 

Fused glass art by Sandy Feder. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What glass making techniques and materials do you prefer to use?

SF:  Color is glorious, and glass gives me the full rainbow of colors to play with. Colored glass and dichroic glass are purchased by the sheet, cut into pieces, and fired in a kiln up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit to produce an entirely new piece of glass. This process is called glass fusing.

 

Fused glass art by Sandy Feder. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

That fused glass may be shaped with molds or combined with other glass and fused again and again. After its final fuse, the piece is cold-worked to give it a finished look. So, I fuse colored glass into art for the wall, an artistic object to use in the home, or a piece of small art to wear as jewelry. My goal is to inspire the people who see my art glass so that they become excited about art.

 

Fused glass art by Sandy Feder. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What is your commission process, and how do you work with clients?

SF:  Typically a commissioned piece starts with a client who has seen my art glass and fallen in love with a piece of glass that I already made. The client may want a similar piece done with different colors, a different size or a different orientation.

 

Fused glass art by Sandy Feder. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

That person may want a full set of matching pieces, or just one large piece similar to something I made previously. We work together on design, colors and approximate price of the piece. Once we are both satisfied and in agreement, I begin making the custom art glass.

 

Sandy Feder in her Studio. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

Sandy Feder in her studio.

 

My own workshop has a very large glass kiln and I have access to larger equipment if the custom glass will be larger than my current capacity. I love working with others to create new glass because they bring me new inspiration!

 

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