Lisa Gillen

Medium – Glass
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My fascination with glass was actually a happy accident when I got my start over 25 years ago. I worked for someone whose mom was a stained glass artist that was retiring and was selling her tools. So, for a minimal cost I purchased them and received some base lessons and practiced, practiced, and practiced some more.

I started my journey with traditional leaded and foiled stained glass but it wasn’t until I was introduced into the world of fusing that I found my true passion for glass art. A whole new exciting world in which to create with sheet glass, crushed glass, paint, molds and more (much more). This stirred up a whole new passion (obsession) with glass art.

I have attended webinars and taken classes from leading glass artists such as Margot Clark, Tanya Viet, Nathan Sandberg, Paul Messink and Michael Dupille. I have also learned techniques from some of the best in the glass business such as Bob Leatherbarrow, Paul Tarlow, and Lena Beckeus who have been generous with fusing technique information. Without all of the above artists mentioned sharing their invaluable wealth of knowledge I would not be the artist I am today.

A lot of my success has come through old-fashioned trial and error and the willingness to take chances, experiment, (and yes) even fail. In my opinion nothing beats having an idea, formulating that idea into a plan, applying what you’ve learned and going for it! If it doesn’t turn out the way you planned, you learn from it and go again!

My glass journey has been an amazing learning process in which I have enjoyed every single lesson and every time I am in my studio I learn something new!

  • Member of Art First Gallery
  • Member of Brush Strokes Gallery
  • Member of Artful Dimensions