What: Fused Glass Show
When: 5-7 p.m. Friday
Where: Feat of Clay Gallery, 107 S. Main Street, Aztec
More info: 505-334-4335
FARMINGTON — Ann Fourr has loved art for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she would create cups and bowls using clay she found at the bottom of a pond at her home in Aztec.
Since then, Fourr has experimented with various mediums, from pen and ink to watercolor and fabric. She even briefly worked as a floral designer. For years, she has explored the possibilities ceramics offers her.
Her experience in ceramics made her familiar with the name Don Ellis, a local ceramic artist known for his raku, or low-heat, pottery. One of Ellis' techniques is to include fused glass in his pottery.
A little over a year ago, Ellis began teaching a fused glass class at San Juan College. When the opportunity arose this spring, Fourr enrolled in the class and became enthralled.
Friday evening, Fourr will have the opportunity to show off her fused glass work side-by-side with her teacher as part of the Feat of Clay Fused Glass Show, which will run through June 22. In addition to Ellis and Fourr, Ellis' son Dalton Ellis, Jayne Harris and Betty Reed will be featured.
Fused glass is done using a special type of glass designed to be place in a kiln and melted together. At first the glass is melted on a flat sheet. Later that glass is placed in a mold.
Fourr has taken ceramic classes from Don Ellis in the past and described him as an excellent teacher who is well-rounded in all aspects of clay.
"It's very infectious to the students," Fourr said.
Her first piece of fused glass she created in his class was a blue rectangular piece. Ellis had some leftover pieces of glass from one of his projects. She purchased this glass from him and fused it to the blue glass.
When designing fused glass, Fourr focuses on the colors and patterns. She said she doesn't want a pattern of all uniform, geometric shapes. Often she will add in swirls or dots.
"For me, it's a new medium I've never used before," Fourr said.
However, she said she can see a lot of potential for fused glass to be representative of the artist's personality.
"I feel like I've barely begun to understand it," Fourr said.