MEET THE ARTIST: DIANE SHEFFREY
I have always dabbled in arts and crafts. I say dabbled because typically
I would learn a skill, master it to some degree and then move on to
something new. I was always busy and enjoyed each new venture.
In 2006 I attended a fundraiser for a local non-profit. I won a package
that included a free glass blowing session at Baron Glassworks in
One fall day I finally got around to scheduling the session. I was a bit
hesitant making my first piece – a paper weight. Everything was
glowing, hot and a bit SCARY. When I started my second piece – an
ornament – I was beginning to feel intrigued by the process. By the time
I began making my final piece of the session – a drinking glass – I was
almost shaking with emotion. Everything was glowing, hot and
Glass blowing was different from anything else I had ever done. I was
soon able to master the basic skills. But, I learned that glass sometimes
has a mind of its own. It often seems that molten glass is a living,
breathing being! An artist must learn to work with the glass. It is a
strange partnership that sometimes has very unexpected results. I have
a compulsion to get to the studio to work.
I still “dabble” at home working with felting, quilting, fused glass and
bead work. These mediums provide a nice, calming contrast to the
energy it takes to blow glass.
These other mediums also provide a nice contrast at craft shows and