I used the early years of my foray into glass for experimenting, and finding my voice. Of all the varieties of glass available to use, I decided to work primarily with old window glass - one of the least recycled materials. In addition to providing the flexibility I wanted, it became an important part of my artistic narrative - that we share responsibility for our common environment.
In one way or another I use a bit of nearly every technique I have learned over the years - casting, enamel, sgraffito, sand blasting, photo printing, screen printing, reverse painting, stenciling, strip cutting, mirroring, leafing, and on and on - but the common element is that the pieces are kiln formed. I work on the glass when it is cold, both before and after it is placed in a kiln to be heat treated at temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 1600 degrees. I rarely need to put my head in a hot kiln, but there is a photo on the Creating page of me doing just that.
My inspiration for my art is primarily the stunning world I'm fortunate to see through my studio windows. The water in San Francisco Bay tends to be quite green, so I use predominately a blending of blues and greens for my somewhat abstract seascapes.
Teddie hails from the tiny farming community of Nezperce, Idaho, but spent the administrative part 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, whose studio is 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.
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 Sweizel, 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
2018 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA
2018 Peace and Freedom International Glass Art Exhibition, Zweisel,
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 Materials, Halocline Studios, San Anselmo 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
2012 Allude, Weisser Studio, Kensington MD
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
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Recycled Glass Techniques
The Crucible - Oakland CA
Recycled Glass Dinnerware
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