Kathy Blackmer of “Our Glass Studio” creates both functional and sculptural pieces of art glass. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, Kathy enjoys depicting various places she has seen or experiences she has had through her glasswork. By combining color and texture, she can create a plethora of unique patterns, resulting in work full of movement, depth and dimension. Working with either stained glass or warm (kiln-formed) glass, her process can vary. Creating a stained glass piece involves cutting and fitting the glass pieces precisely, wrapping each piece of glass with an adhesive copper foil and then soldering them together along the length of the seams. Kathy then cleans the work and applies a Patina finish. Her kiln formed glass technique varies depending on whether the artist is fusing two or more layers of glass or slumping (heating glass at lower a temperature to achieve a desire shape.) The slumping process often involves the use of a mold to form the glass. Having worked with glass since 1981, Kathy combined her love of the medium with a Business Technology degree. Creating, “Our Glass Studio” in 1989, she teaches classes in stained glass. A juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Kathy’s work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout New England and internationally.