Marnie Brookins-Artist Statement
Always attempting to be creative, I have tried everything from painting in oils and acrylics, knitting, crocheting, woodworking, welding, gardening, jewelry and clothing design, furniture creation, quilting and probably a few others I can’t even remember.
My passion for glass started with a unique window I wanted created out of stained glass for our new home in 2000. I had a specific design in mind and couldn’t find anyone to create it at a cost this new homeowner could afford. My husband, always up for my challenges, decided we could do it ourselves. With the help of the internet, tutorials, a couple of friends who did stained glass and a little trial and error we started. The window came out even better than I could have expected and over the next couple of years we went on to create several other pieces for friends and family. On one shopping trip for supplies we happened upon some fused pieces in the store. The store had just started classes and with our insane curiosity for all things glass we began asking questions. My husband did some research and found a used kiln online. Once retrofitted with the correct controller, he was off and running. Yes… he was. I was terrified. He wanted me to cut glass and then melt it in a 1400+ degree kiln. No way. However, again, creativity and curiosity got the better of me and I started cutting out a few designs. Once convinced the kiln wasn’t going to blow up, burn the house down or attack me, I started creating and soon I was hooked. Very quickly I couldn’t fire that kiln fast enough to keep up with the ideas waiting in my mind. I moved on to a larger, dedicated glass kiln about two years after that and now, eight years later, I’m still at it. Glass is my passion.
My designs are often inspired by other art forms, nature, animals and everyday items. Most pieces are of a functional nature and meant to be used, not just admired. I work mainly with Spectrum’s System 96 tested compatible glass. In the past year I have branched out with different techniques and processes to enhance my designs as I can never seem to be satisfied with my own work. I differ from many artists in that rarely does my art have a message or meaning behind it. I’m not trying to further a cause, tell a story or bring attention to a situation. Glass has a depth and beauty all it’s own. It can be translucent or opaque, have soft curves, sharp edges, be fragile or pretty darn tough. I hope it speaks to people in it’s own way and want others to enjoy it for what it is, art.