The early years of my foray into glass art were for experimenting and finding my voice. I decided to work primarily with old window glass - one of the least recycled materials. In addition to providing me with a blank canvas, it expresses my artistic narrative that beyond appreciating our common environment, we share responsibility for it.
I’m inspired by the views out the windows of my floating studio on a Sausalito houseboat - water and air - the essence of life. I am drawn to the colors of these elements that can create an emotion of calm and serenity, yet be dynamic and exciting.
To achieve the soft color balance I use reverse enameling techniques with kiln casting and sandblasting. My artwork varies from single images to a montage of images, from highly textured pieces to works with subtle textures.
Teddie hails from the tiny farming community of Nezperce, Idaho, but spent most of her career working for the Congress in Washington DC, with time off for child rearing and working in the public school system. Her calling as a glass artist working in a studio on a houseboat in Sausalito, California is quite a departure from her distinctly left-brained career.
The pursuit of art became a passion for Teddie as she approached retirement, but armed with an MBA instead of a background in fine arts, she had a lot of catching up to do so dozens of glass classes followed in the next few years. She studied glass techniques under many of the greats: in the Washington DC area at the Washington Glass School, Weisser Glass Studio, Vitrum Studios, Craig Kraft Studio, DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios, Glen Echo Art Glass Center, The Smithsonian Institute, and Art In Glass; in the San Francisco area at Bullseye Glass Company and the Crucible; and elsewhere at Corning, Pittsburg Glass, and in Frauenau, Germany at Bild-Werk.
Teddie uses recycled window glass in her kiln formed work - she believes it speaks to her artistic narrative referencing our fragile shared environment. Her work has been exhibited in shows from the west coast (Washington state and California) to the east (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and DC) and internationally in Germany. The piece pictured above, that she created for the Peace and Freedom exhibition in Sweizel in 2018, was made part of the permanent collection of the Waldmuseum there.
She has taught glass working techniques at Washington Glass School in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, The Crucible and Studio One in Oakland, California, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, California, and Public Glass, Waldorf High School and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
Zweisel Waldmuseum, Zweisel, Germany
2021 A Moment of Reflection, O'Hanlon Gallery, San Rafael CA
Jurist Emebet Korn, Desta Contemporary Fine Art Gallery
2021 Here and Now, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato CA
2020 The Second Half - 50 and Over, Las Laguna Gallery
Jurist Lori McBride, Las Laguna Gallery
2020 Reflections, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Jurist Shelley Barry, SLATE Art
2019 Bridge to Abstraction, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Jurist Stephen Wagner, Arc Gallery
2019 SiO2, Manna Gallery, Oakland, CA
Jurist Janet Hiebert, The Crucible and Studio One
2019 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA - Honorable Mention
2018 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA
2018 Peace and Freedom International Glass Art Exhibition, Zweisel,
Germany - Piece retained in permanent Museum collection
2012 13th Annual Glass Auction, Liberty Museum, Philadelphia PA
2012 International Glass Art Exhibition, Ehemaliges
Mädchenschulhaus, Zweisel, Germany
2011 New Glass Sculpture, Gallery 555, Washington DC
2011 The First 10 Years, Longview Gallery, Washington DC
2010 Transcendence - The Magic of Glass, Sequim, WA
2018 Discarded, Halocline Studio, San Anselmo, CA
2012 Allude, Weisser Studio, Kensington, MD
2020 Glass Gathering Online
2020 SPARK, Corte Madera, CA
2019 Marin Open Studios at Bon Air, Greenbrae, CA
2017 Sausalito Village Art Exhibit, Sausalito, CA
2016 Marin Open Studios, Sausalito, CA
2016 Sausalito Village Art Exhibit, Sausalito, CA
2014 Fireside Lounge Exhibit, The Crucible, Oakland, CA
2014 Open Studio, Floating Home Association Tour, Sausalito, CA
2013 Sausalito Village Art Exhibit, Council Chambers, Sausalito, CA
2012 Fireside Lounge Exhibit, The Crucible, Oakland, CA
2012 Artists of Issaquah, Sausalito, CA
2010 Gallery Open House, Washington Glass Studio, Mt. Rainier, MD
2010 Excavate - Unearthing the Artist, Weisser Studio, Kensington,
2009 Gallery Open House, Washington Glass Studio, Mt. Rainier, MD
The Crucible - Oakland, CA
Recycled Glass Dinnerware
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Recycled Glass Techniques
Public Glass - San Francisco, CA
Dry Plaster Casting
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts - Tracy, CA
Dry Plaster Casting
Fusing with Tempered Glass
Washington Glass School - Mt. Rainier, MD
Dry Plaster Casting
Glass Lovers Weekend
Social Living Bowl Fusing