“Playing with Color”

“Putting a Puzzle Together”

These are two statements I find myself using when describing my art. Each piece begins with an inspiration: a glimpse of a sunrise through the trees, a vivid sunlit field of wildflowers, or an antique quilt. My work with glass has trained my eye to be altert for the bright colors hidden in the world around us. A single color may start me on the quest to represent the image I’ve seen from the various colors and textures of glass available to me. Spread out around me on the work table in my studio, the pieces take on the look of a puzzle in process. Each piece is cut and ground to fit into it’s slot in the composition. Finally, the various pieces fall into place and the puzzle is complete.

~Rachel Rademacher, Lawrence Kansas