Art Ciccotti | Ames
I own and operate a glass blowing studio in Boone County. I've been blowing for about 36 years. I utilize venetian glassblowing techniques such as the use of cane and murrini as decorative elements in my work. All of my work starts with a hot gather of glass, after which I pick up color glass then proceed to form the object I am working on.
My work combines two main elements: Color and Form. I utilize Venetian glass blowing techniques such as making and incorporating cane and murrini in my designs. My larger pieces involve rolling the murrini/cane design unto my blow pipe. From there it is shaped and then blown out.
I grew up in Southern California, moved to Iowa in the late 70's. Attended Iowa State University. It was at Iowa State University that I joined a glass blowing club. I was mesmerized by the process. Today, 35 years later I have realized my dream of having my own glass blowing studio. I love what I do.
Libby Loescher | Mount Pleasant
The Looking Glass
FB: The Looking Glass
I create fused and stained glass art. I love the magical way that glass transmits and reflects light- it is unique and changeable My art tends to reflect my love of nature, and admiration for aged materials. It often combines repurposed materials- from vintage aluminum, to barn wood, to vintage textiles- with glass, to add that flavor of uniqueness, beauty, and practicality..... "because I had it, and I wanted too see if I could" is a driving force to my creative process. My creations can bring this light with pretty jewelry, art pieces for windows or walls, a sparkle to your holiday decorations, a pop of color for the garden, or a glimmering bit of glass whimsy hung catch the sun. Combining fused glass, traditional stained glass techniques, and adding a dash of other materials, give life to my daydreams in glass.
Rhonda Scott | Ames
Rhonda Scott Studio
Rhonda Scott is a teaching artist from Ames, Iowa who works in multiple mediums. She is passionate about the value of creativity and lifelong learning. She is especially fascinated by age-old processes with a modern twist, such as lampwork and paper marbling. These two art forms have many things in common, aside from their long history; both allow her to play with colors, pattern, visual texture, and negative space, as well as surface tension and chemical reactions.
Rhonda creates jewelry which features her own glass beads, handcrafted metal focal pieces, natural gemstones, enamels, and precious metals. She uses a small torch and MAP gas to create the glass beads and the components used in the beads (including custom twisted cane and frit). She anneals the beads in a kiln for durability.