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Danielle Moss

Glass / Lafayette, LA

Artist Statement

These are pieces from my Fused Glass Collection inspired by the beautiful colors in dichroic glass. When fusing glass, I melt multiple pieces in a kiln to a temperature where the glass transforms into a near liquid like state or until it tacks together. The dichroic glass has shiny colors and is created by spraying micro-layers of various metal oxides including titanium, chromium, gold, zirconium, and aluminum onto the surface of clear or black glass. The fusion process creates a crystalline structure on the glass, which causes light to fracture. Every piece is unique, one of a kind and signed. Each pendant includes an 18” sterling silver serpentine chain, ear wires are sterling silver and bails are sterling silver plated.

Biography

I am a native of Lafayette Louisiana and have been creating, painting and drawing for over 30 years. At a very young age, I was taught to paint with oils and acrylics on canvas, paint on porcelain china, how to crochet blankets and sew on my great-grandmother’s old singer sewing machine.
My biggest influence, inspiration and best friend was my grandmother, Jeanne Moss, who was a phenomenal artist and china painter. She introduced me to porcelain clay over 25 years ago and that was the first medium in which I started making jewelry. I soon bought a kiln and learned how to fire and finish my own work. As an art major in college, I learned to work with several mediums such as metal, wood, ceramics and even photography. But, the one medium that I always had a fascination for was something I knew nothing about, and that was glass. So, several years ago, I began experimenting with melting glass bottles in my kiln, which lead to my passion of fusing dichroic glass jewelry. Today, I mostly work with fused glass and fine silver, as well as incorporate the two mediums together. The fine silver that I work with is in a form that allows me to handcraft it into a unique design and then fire it in my kiln, resulting in a piece of jewelry that is 99.9% fine silver. As I create, I look toward nature for inspiration, influence and just let it happen. I have had so many positive influences and blessings in my life and truly appreciate those that enjoy wearing my Creations By Fire.

EDUCATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA
Bachelor of Science Degree - Major Applied Arts - Graduate of 1996