We asked Briana of #prariepipes to tell us a little more about her work and how she got into it with lampworking and glass. Here is what she had to say.
The first time I melted glass, I made what felt like an instant decision. Glass was the medium I had been searching for. In the beginning, I spent all my free time ‘playing’ with glass in my garage studio. I quickly realized my love for sculptural work and focused on sculpting flora and fauna. Later in my career I began trying to mimic the intricate patterns found in nature. Creating these patterns (i.e. feathers and wood grain) allowed me to explore a different process in manipulating glass that was a little more wild. As my control of glass continues to improve I am starting to explore some 2D surface techniques, and excited to see where it takes me.
From my very first piece color has always been a top priority. I can count on one hand the number of clear glass pieces I have made. Finding the perfect color isn’t always easy, but it is a ton of fun. I always have Momka’s Sunflower, Brown Glitter, Almond Nugget and Guacamole on hand and Scarlet pink, Stormy Weather and Purple Thunder are just spectacularly beautiful for anyone who loves color!
See also the Gina and Briana gallery published in March 2017.