Barbara Lester

“I have always been an “artsy” type of person, doing children’s painted T’s when my son was small, then did beaded sterling jewelry for many years. Then one day I took a fused glass class at a local studio and was hooked. Started “renting” studio space, then bought a small kiln, then a larger one and here I am today. I am mostly self -taught – I have taken some classes from some great teachers around the country and a lot of on-line classes as well. Glass is a hard medium, as Forest Gump would say, “you don’t always know what you are going to get!” There are so many factors that can throw you a curve ball when firing a piece -and sometimes you have to learn to make lemonade from a piece that just didn’t turn out as you expected. You are dealing with heat, chemical reactions and time. All my work is one of a kind, due to the size of my kiln, which while I say a “larger” one -it is still small by many standards – the largest piece I can fit in is 8-9” so usually it is one piece at a time. I have now been doing glass for about 10 years and over the time my concepts and techniques have changed and grown. I am most happy when a finished piece goes to a good home to be used and treasured.

Barbara Lester
Barbara’s Baubles
FB-Barbara’s Baubles-Functional Fused GlassArt”