Glass artists Sharron and Jim
Barrett have been creating award winning fused glass in their Germantown, Tennessee
studio since 1989. In the last
fifteen years they have focused entirely on transforming
cold flat glass into stunning fire-polished works of art
using black and iridized glass.
Unlike traditional methods of
fusing, overlapping pieces of glass and melting them
together, they have developed an inlaid technique for
creating their glass art. This technique requires each
piece of iridized, black and dichroic glass to be hand-cut
and placed edge to edge on a second layer of black glass to
complete the design.
After the first kiln firing
fuses all the pieces into a solid form, 22K gold luster is
applied by hand to the surface. A second firing then
cures the gold luster onto the glass as the heat softens and
slumps it into a gentle curve.
Jim and Sharron's experienced
skill and precision result in unique pieces of glass art.
The fire-polished black glass contrasts with the vibrant
iridescent surfaces accented with gold. Light plays
along the curve of the glass surface producing beautiful,
dramatic results. Their art glass is appreciated by
fine art collectors who recognize the careful attention to
detail and quality both artists give to every piece.