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.”
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.”
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.
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.