Artfire Artisan Spotlight: Anna Blair, DichroicGlassWorks
Posted by pauljvguillaume on 07/25/2011 at 09:07:31
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I'm an artist and former High School/college art teacher.
If there's one thing that defines you, what is it?
Tenacity: I stick with something until I master it. I just taught myself how to make a silver bezel and am currently teaching myself wire wrapping.
What role does your family play in your art?
My two children are grown and gone, but I always ask my husband's opinion on whatever I'm doing. (My two cats always watch and give their comments too.)
Where do you live and what is it like?
I live in Fort Worth, TX "Where the West Begins," also known as: "Cowtown." At one time there were a lot of stockyards here and there's definitely an Old West flavor to the town. The north side of town retains it's old town appearance, with Saloons and a cattle drive to the stock yard corals every day.
Where did you learn your medium?
I learned how to do fused glass at an inservice for art teachers. Since I had a kiln, I explored the medium afterward. I've been doing stained and fused glass around ten years.
What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?
I hope to sell enough to make it viable. I enjoy the process and price everything very competitively.
How did you come to selling online?
I started out on Delphi where they had a gallery for artists who purchased supplies from them, and it just went from there.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
Delphi had an announcement on their website for ArtFire.
What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
Stay the course. Don't give up and do the best work you can do.
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
I think people are disenchanted with buying manufactured goods because of the lack of quality and originality. Handmade goods are more often made with care and incorporate higher quality materials.