This week's blog was written by painter, Jennie O'Connor . Jennie interviewed glass artist Dolores Kueffler of Fused Light Designs.
How long have you been a part of Artistic Portland?
I have been with the co-op since February of this year.
What’s your background?
Over the years I have dabbled in a variety of creative arts. I have been working in fused glass for about 18 years along with working full-time in Social Services and Management. Now that I am semi-retired I am able to devote more time to my art.
Why do you do what you do?
I enjoy bringing more beauty into people’s everyday lives in these challenging times. It also gives me a lot of joy to play with color and design and make one-of-a-kind creations.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?
It is tough to give a one-word description of myself. Perhaps, “multi-faceted." I have a breadth of things I enjoy and lots of different aspects of my personality.
Where do you create?
I have a studio in my home in Vancouver with a lovely large window overlooking the trees.
What inspires you?
Nature gives me great inspiration—especially the amazing colors and designs, from bugs to butterfly wings, to flowers in profound colors.
I tend to work in spurts – or bursts of inspiration. I like to play and try different combinations of glass see how they interface. I enjoy exploring a variety of techniques. I’m not content to find my niche and stay there. I'm always experimenting.
Is there an artwork that you created that you are most proud of? Why?
When I went to Belize I was totally amazed by the fish when I went snorkeling. I had a small underwater camera but I lost it with all the pictures on it! When I came home I created a piece in glass – an “s” curve shape (which you can see on my website.) I used a variety of flashy dichroic glass to create from memory those amazing fish and a multi-colored piece for the coral. That is my favorite piece.
What do you like to do when you're not creating?
When I’m not creating I love to be outdoors adventuring-hiking, kayaking, and skiing. I also enjoy working as a counselor two days a week assisting people with their personal process of growth.