Barbel Brooks

Fusing glass is my passion.
 
Artistically and technically, glasswork presents an evolving challenge.  
During the fusion process, pieces of glass in varying sizes are assembled with different techniques before being kiln fired several times at 1200 to 1600 degrees F.  They are then cold worked by cutting, grinding and polishing.  Often fired repeatedly to achieve a desired finish or shape, each piece is a unique representation of my skills and imagination.
 
With a background in chemistry and physics, mine is a scientific understanding of glass and how it responds magically to heat.  The unique transformations never fail to amaze me.  I draw upon my own history and experiences to influence my art.
 
A lifelong relationship with the sea is my biggest inspiration. During my childhood years, I sailed the Baltic Sea in Germany, my native country.  As a young adult, the rugged and breathtaking seacoast of Cape Town, South Africa is forever seared in my memory.  Later in life, living aboard our sailboat in the Caribbean and experiencing the turquoise waters between the Bahamas and South America for eleven years left another indelible impression.  Today, my studio workbench faces Bogue Sound, a wide and ever-changing body of moving water in Eastern North Carolina.
 
Each piece of glass is a personal symbol of my history with the sea. 


Education
 
BS and MS Science Education, University of Tennessee. Career teaching Chemistry, Physics and German in NC high schools.
 
Brad and Jody Walker, Warm Glass Studio, Clemmons, NC.  Wide range of fusing techniques from powder to wafer techniques, weaving, crackle, drop vessels, high temperature manipulation of glass to working with enamels.
 
Jonathon Schmuck, Warm Glass Studio, Clemmons, NC. Cold working and Murrini work.
 
Richard Parrish, Fusio Studio, Bozeman, MO.  Tapestry and Bas Relief Casting.
 
Dough Randall, Oatka Glass Studio, Batavia, NY. Mosaic Flow and Drop Vessels.
 
Judith Conway and Kevin O'Toole, Vitrum Studios, Beltsville, MD.  Various techniques.
 
Nathan Sandberg, Bullseye Resource Center, Portland, OR. Venetian-inspired Cane and Murrini.
                                Vitrum Studio, Beltsville, MD. Vitrigraph Murrini Advanced Studies.
 
Bob Leatherbarrow, Leatherbarrow Glass Studio, Salt Spring Island BC, Canada.  Monoprint Wafers.