Fall Into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Deb Becker

Deb Becker’s current craft grew from making wood crafts to sell at local craft shows in the mid ‘90s. She took a class in basic stained glass techniques and discovered that she loved working with glass, as well as with wood. “Over the years, I taught myself various glass techniques and now work mostly with glass. My work has evolved into a combining of fused glass, and carved wood with the addition of a variety of natural items such as stones, bamboo, shells and twigs.”

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Deb describes her creative process for us. “I almost always start a piece by choosing the background glass and installing it into a frame. This creates the “feel” of the piece. I add additional layers of glass that I feel are necessary to complete the landscape. Then I cut, assemble and fuse the glass for trees, leaves, or other elements of the landscape.” If a carved wood piece is destined for the work, Deb works on that while the kiln is firing – a 24-hour process. “Once the fused glass pieces are out of the kiln and cleaned, I assemble them along with any natural items needed to complete the landscape. I get my inspiration from photos, from places I’ve visited, from poetry and quotes, and from nature itself.”

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Deb’s combination of glass, carved wood, and natural objects is a medium that is unusual and truly her own voice. She hopes to convey to the viewer her appreciation and respect for nature and to encourage the same in her collectors.

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Deb will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of Deb’s work at http://www.woodnglass2.com and on the Gallery page of http://www.ybcrafts.org.

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