Mary Ellen Larkins, a gifted talent of C’ville Arts, explores the inspiring and magical aspects of fused glass. She will be at the gallery during the Historic Downtown Mall’s First Friday celebration on May 3rd, from 6 – 8 pm to share her glowing new collection.
“Twenty-two years ago I fell in love with fused glass.” Mary Ellen recalls the early days, “gradually, I moved beyond the artful geometry into more lyrical representations — landscapes of my favorite places. This technique involves “painting” with tiny fragments of crushed glass as though it were a liquid medium. Numerous colored and patterned layers are created on thin sheets of glass, and sequentially fired in a 1400-degree kiln to form deep images. Sometimes enamels are used to create fine details or even entire vistas. My life would be poorer without glass. Its beauty transports me to a place of tranquility and allows me to forget, for a while at least, the troubles of the world.”
Larkins builds layers of rich color and splendor that reflect her decades of experience. Her designs take a solid understanding of fused glass techniques, avoiding fractures and many other negative outcomes. She has carefully developed a successful strategy that produces a radiant peacefulness that flows from one piece to another in her latest work.
To learn more about Mary Ellen visit her web site www.maryellenlarkins.com
*Photographs taken by Gerry Bishop, living and working in Charlottesville.