Friday, March 9, 2007

Exploring nature with glass

Montana artist Barbara Allen Dillon creates small sculpture by the craft of flameworking. For nearly 30 years, she has been inspired by nature and exploring with glass.

Flameworking involves manipulating a glass rod or tube in front of an oxygen/propane induced torch. After the piece is formed, it is transfered to an electric kiln where it anneals until slowly cooling to room temperature. All sculptures are individually handmade with no molding involved and although they are similar in design, no two are exactly alike.

Her perfume bottles are exquisite and the caterpillars are just plain sweet. At $55-$65 each, they both make wonderful gifts. Don't you love it when it looks like you spent more?

Call the gallery to hear about our selection of beetles, dragonflies and flower perfume bottles, too: 231-932-0775.