These dreamy glass vases are made by combining several different techniques on the glass vase. One is sandblasting. This involves Mary Melinda cutting the resist one little one segment at a time, placing it on the glass, and so one until the design is complete. Then she sandblasts the piece, peels the resist off, and paints the sandblasted area with archival quality oil paints and enamels.
Another technique she uses begins with an original photograph, usually from her walks around her local neighborhood. Through an intricate and complicated process she actually carves the image deeply into the glass. She then diligently paints each piece by hand in many layers to create the depth and variation of color you experience. These pieces can withstand UV exposure, are also meant to be functional and can be washed. But it should not be displayed in direct sunlight as the paint is sensitive to prolonged UV exposure, as with any fine art.
Mary Melinda's Bio
My art glass vase pieces serve as my canvas for scenes, places, and things that I have seen in nature over the years. I have been making "pretty things" for years, but this art glass is more refined. From painting the gravel in her drive way when she was a little girl, she still has the same sense of joy creating art as she did as a little girl.
Mary Melinda uses her glass surface as a way to explore. The process includes the use of a sandblaster to carve into the glass, permanent paints, enamels, and other media to render my original photography, drawings, and paintings in a unique and "high touch" way.
She currently resides outside of Seattle, Washington.