The Fruits of Knowledge

The Fruits of Knowledge, stacked glass, 10" x 6.6" x 2.25"

Over a decade ago, Sheryl Ellinwood learned to blow glass on a dare. Today her glass is featured in galleries and private collections throughout the U.S. In 1994, after earning her Masters degree in both glass and sculpture, Ms. Ellinwood established ellinwood studios. This private studio is located on the shore of Lake Red Rock in Central Iowa. Recognized for originality of design and commitment to quality, glass from ellinwood studios has received many awards, among which are the Labino Glass Award from the Toledo Museum of Art and the Glass Art Society's Award for Excellence.

Fused glass pieces first require the hand-cutting of intricate glass designs from large sheets of glass. Once the glass designs are cut, they must be fired in electric kilns to temperatures around 1400 degrees. Most fused glass is fired to a smooth flat surface, however, fused glass from ellinwood studios IS unique in that a special firing process is used to create a more tactile surface, similar to a relief sculpture.

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text and image from Iowa Artisans Gallery

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on February 13, 2008

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