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My Cheerful Glass

Nancy “Cece” Sutton – My Cheerful Glass

I’m convinced that I was born an artist. I didn’t have any formal training because my father believed that educating girls beyond high school was a waste of time and money, as we were just going to be wives and mothers, never becoming persons in our own right. He was a man of his times, and I don’t necessarily fault him for that, but sometimes I feel that I could have gone much farther much faster had I been allowed to go to college and study art.

I can draw and paint, and that comes in handy for design, but two-dimensional images aren’t enough to satisfy my creative urges. I’m a maker, which means that I prefer to make something more tangible with my hands. I’m a fan of asymmetry and whimsy, and I like imperfections in artwork because they show the hand of the maker. Things that are perfectly square and orderly make me nervous, which is odd because I was a quilter for more than three decades, with several designs published in quilting magazines over the years

My current medium is glass – fused glass, mosaic and stained glass. I enjoy taking random pieces of glass and assembling them into small sun catchers, adding decorative solder and wire swirls to make each piece unique. I like to combine one or more of these techniques in any given piece. A friend who does mosaic convinced me, after much nagging, to take my first glass fusing class, and unleashed the monster which presently devours me.

I make what inspires me at any given moment, and don’t count on most of my pieces to make any kind of statement other than beauty for beauty’s sake. That’s why I’m here on earth – to make things more beautiful. I feel that I’ve been somewhat successful.

My work can be seen on Instagram @mycheerfulglass and on Facebook @ Cheerful Glass

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