Fired Up – Fused Glass

Mary Jane Whitt creates custom fused glass art including free standing and mounted art panels, vases, bowls, platters and plates, picture frames, switch plates, coasters, night lights, jewelry, and much more, in a variety of colors, shapes, designs and sizes. Great handmade gifts, Mary Jane will be at the Chattanooga Holiday Market this month.

I first discovered my love for glass art more than 15 years ago when a good friend gave me a beautiful fused glass platter as a Christmas present. It inspired me to learn the craft, so I researched the techniques, tools and equipment necessary for glass fusing and began my journey exploring the endless creative possibilities that working with glass offers.  Before long, I was selling my work in gift shops, galleries, juried art shows and private shows across the Southeast.

Although I am “self-taught” in the technique of fused glass, I received formal art training as a fine arts major at the University of Tennessee from 1977-1980.   My early training served as a helpful springboard, enabling me to intuitively create mood and movement through design and color. Imagine a kaleidoscope of jewel tones dancing across a room as the sun shines through a stained glass window; or the soft, warm glow of a crackling fire on a blustery Winter night; or the wash of fiery reds into pastel pinks at sunset.  The dynamic play of color and light through glass inspires my work and makes it unique.