I used the early years of my foray into glass for experimenting, and finding my voice. Of all the varieties of glass available to use, I decided to work primarily with old window glass - one of the least recycled materials. In addition to providing the flexibility I want, it becomes an important part of my artistic narrative - that we share responsibility for our common environment.
In one way or another I use a bit of nearly every technique I have learned over the years - casting, enamel, sgraffito, sand blasting, photo printing, screen printing, reverse painting, stenciling, strip cutting, mirroring, leafing, and on and on - but the common element is that the pieces are kiln formed. I work on the glass when it is cold, both before and after it is placed in a kiln to be heat treated at temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 1600 degrees.
My inspiration for my art is primarily the stunning world I'm fortunate to see through the windows of my studio on a houseboat in San Francisco Bay. The bay water tends to be quite green, so I use predominately a blending of blues and greens for my somewhat abstract seascapes.
Teddie hails from the tiny farming community of Nezperce, Idaho, but spent most of her career working for the Congress in Washington DC, with time off for child rearing and working in the public school system. Her calling as a glass artist working in a studio is on a houseboat in Sausalito, California is quite a departure from her distinctly left-brained career.
The pursuit of art became a passion for Teddie as she approached retirement, but armed with an MBA instead of a background in fine arts, she had a lot of catching up to do so dozens of glass classes followed in the next few years. She studied glass techniques under many of the greats: in the Washington DC area at the Washington Glass School, Weisser Glass Studio, Vitrum Studios, Craig Kraft Studio, DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios, Glen Echo Art Glass Center, The Smithsonian Institute, and Art In Glass; in the San Francisco area at Bullseye Glass Company and the Crucible; and elsewhere at Corning, Pittsburg Glass, and in Frauenau, Germany at Bild-Werk.
Teddie uses recycled window glass in her kiln formed work - she believes it speaks to her artistic narrative referencing our fragile shared environment. Her work has been exhibited in shows from the west coast (Washington state and California) to the east (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and DC) and internationally in Germany. The piece pictured above, that she created for the Peace and Freedom exhibition in Sweizel in 2018, was made part of the permanent collection of the Waldmuseum there.
She has taught glass working techniques at Washington Glass School in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, The Crucible and Studio One in Oakland, California, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, California, and Public Glass, Waldorf High School and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.