It’s 2000, and I believe that combining centrifugal force and reverse-painting on glass was a good idea.

But how?

There were no classes at any school in the world teaching what I was about to attempt. No one was teaching this technique, and I’m just a little, part-time artist, living in Saint Petersburg, Florida. How in the world am I going to create a whole new form of glass art?!?? It was time to figure it all out.

I had a few glass cutting tools and some glass & paint, but how am I going to spin glass? This was ALL going to be a big experiment.

I tried a few things and a few things more and had many failed attempts. Yes, glass would go flying…and yes, it was dangerous and scary. But after lots of trial & error, I was beginning to figure it all out, at least on a small level.

I was experimenting with different thickness, sizes and shapes of glass along with different types of paint to apply…and different application techniques.

I had no stands to use but did find some cheap foldable plate stands at the local dollar store. They were good enough to prop up the pieces I created.

I took several of these early, experimental pieces around to the galleries which already carried my glass sculptures. They liked them and took them in on consignment…and they sold.

These glass pieces had no name at that time. They were all just a learning experience and rudimentary spin art at best. Propped up on plate stands. They weren’t even signed by the artist ( me).

But people liked them…and bought them! How cool is that?!




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