Evelyn Duberry, owner of ShebaMakeda Glass Art (www.ShebaMakeda.com) is a Canadian flameworked glass artist specializing in one of a kind, handmade glass beads and sculptures. Her work ranges from small shapes for jewellery to large, mixed media sculptures. While glass art is usually renowned for its brilliant transparency, Evelyn’s preference is for opaque and organic finishes customized with the use of fine metals, glass frits and powders. Her work hovers between a deep appreciation of the starkness of modern abstract art combined with an utter fascination with the deceptive simplicity of relics from ancient cultures.
I like to play with fire and glass… and think out loud.
I’ve adored glass for as long as I can remember. When I was very little, I loved holding my marble sets up to the sky and marveling as the colours sparkled and blended in the sunlight. I would roll them in my hands revelling in the smoothness, varying shades and satisfying <clink> as they knocked together.
I moved from marbles to jewellery making and eventually accumulated a fine collection of glass beads. I enjoyed making jewellery and my pieces sold well but I was always frustrated at the limited design possibilities of even high end (but still mass market) beads. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in just about every craft medium out there. Of course, none of them could ever produce what I really wanted: the beautiful, ethereal intensity of custom, flameworked glass.
In January 2006, I stumbled onto the WetCanvas Glass Art forum with its daily gallery of artist-made lampwork glass. I was blown away – FINALLY there was a way for me to make my own glass beads and these people held the secret! After six months of intense research to convince myself (…and family…and friends) that deliberately playing with fire inside my house wasn’t completely crazy, I bought a HotHead lampwork kit that spring.
At first, I was so scared of my torch it sat for two weeks – I would look at it and think “i should do this!” then I’d hear the voices of caution whispering: “you’re going to burn the house down, you’re going to burn the house down”. Of course, I did eventually light that torch, spent every spare dollar (yes, even my cute shoes dollars) on glass, presses, frit, foil and all the other required paraphernalia, and so began my complete and total obsession with manipulating hot glass.
Funny thing happened along the way though… I’ve found the more I play and learn to control glass, the less interested I am in making beads for jewellery.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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