I love the color blue. Especially this shade of blue. When I was in high school, I had a blue marble that was this shade of blue that I used to hold up and look through. To gaze through that blue glass was so calming. I went to a restaurant once where they had blue glasses, and don’t tell anyone, but I snuck one out to have as my own (yeah, I know, that’s a way around saying I stole it.) Then I started noticing that some wine came in blue bottles. I was crocheting rugs as a hobby, and also taking some craft classes at the Craft Shop in the student union at UW-Madison, while I was avoiding working on my Environmental Toxicology PhD. I was interested in ceramics and took a few wheel throwing classes, but once I noticed these blue glass bottles, I knew I really wanted to craft with them somehow. I signed up for a glass fusing class, thinking I could use this recycled blue glass. But in the first class, we learned about coefficients of expansion (COE) and glass compatibility and basically that I wasn’t going to be able to do what I wanted which was use recycled glass. Turns out they lost my registration anyways, so I never actually paid for the class, and I took my idea and went home. Later, I signed up for a mosaic class, and I was hooked. I was able to break my blue bottles and glue the glass on stuff! Recycling the glass and showcasing its beauty. It was wonderful.
So, that’s what led me to mosaics. I had always loved the art form, but being able to use blue bottles sealed the deal for me. Was there something special that lead you to your craft?