So you're curious about the artist....eh???
Here is a little insight into the life of "Flame Wrangler" Marie!
Born in Anacortes, in the 60's, I started crafting when I was young. Of course started with the usual adolescent drawings but my mother soon taught me embroidery, sewing and beading.
Over the years I've become a "Jack-of-all-Crafts", in my experiences, I've learned needlepoint, knitting/crochet, ceramics, painting, woodworking, clay, silver, wireworking, and a ton of others I can barely remember.
My latest love is Glass! I've been fascinated with glass most of my adult life but until a couple of years ago, when I got to blow my first glass float, at the Jennifer L. Sears Glass Art Studio on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City, I hadn't realized how much glasswork could become an addiction. Our family has vacationed in Lincoln City, Oregon the past 2 years and both years I blew a glass float.
In 2006, my daughter and I took a glass fusing class from Marcia at Glass Confusion in Lincoln City. After telling her I had a kiln, she told me all I needed to know to fuse my own glass.
I also visited the Wild Women, in Depoe Bay, on 101 South of Lincoln City and they showed me their beautiful jewelry art, silver clay jewelry and glass beads. They gave me some tips on silver clay work and torched a glass fish while I watched in awe. Needless to say by that time I was destined to get into glass.
After coming home, my daughter & I set to work fusing glass, making some mistakes but generally having a good time. I bought a baby hand torch and set to work creating with small bits of glass. I made several designs inspired by my Bellydancing friends.
In August, I had the pleasure of sitting for almost 3 hours watching various people torch glass at the first open house of Trev's Glass in North Lakewood, WA. That only fueled my fire for wanting to torch!
In September, My husband bought me my first bench torch for our anniversary. I signed up to take a glass beadmaking class in the middle of October at the Eugene School of Glass.
So there my torch sat, beckoning me to try it, but I was determined to wait til I took the class. In the meantime, my mom and I built my glass corner in my garage and a storage area. I went to the library, checked out books, watched videos and cruised the internet soaking up everything I could get on glass lampworking. By the time I got to class I knew all the beginning technical stuff I needed to know to get started, I just hadn't melted any glass yet.
Finally the weekend came for my class! I piled my angels in the car & headed for Eugene. The girls Auntie Mary who lives in Springfield put us up for the weekend and played with the girls, while I went to class.
The first glass I melted seemed to go right into my bloodstream and has been flowing thru ever since. I made over 30 different beads that weekend, broke a few. Some were weird looking, some were odd shaped but to me they were all beautiful, each with a character of their own.
After the weekend was up, I stopped by Winship and Bullseye, bought some glass and headed for home with my new found knowledge. With the help of my long time customers, Central Welding Supply, I got my torch hooked up & set to work on my first homemade beads.....I haven't stopped since.
Now that I have become more confident, I've decided to offer my works of art over the internet. You can also find my beads on e-bay thing using "3 Angels, Lampwork beads" or "3 Angels, Fused Glass" in the search for. I may try some shows when I make a little money to pay for the booth spaces.
As for the personal side of me, I've been happily married to my husband, Michael, for 18 years. I have 3 beautiful daughters, Linda 11, twin girls, Erin and Darcy who will be 7 December 2010! We live in a nice area of rural Stanwood with lots of tall trees around. I am a stay at home mom and run my own sign/vehicle graphics business out of my garage.
Life is good!
Now that you've read all that, go enjoy the art and let me know if you'd like any for your collection!
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