|Our newest “Glass Diva” is our one and only Holly Dare!
Holly is a woman of multiple talents, and I mean multiple! Glass is only one of them, but the most passionate of all to date. Let’s start from the beginning of her lifelong career in arts.
Holly’s craft career covers everything from paper to glass and beyond. She began teaching early on with crafts she learned in her own childhood years. Paper arts, macramé, wire wrapping, rubber stamping, oil painting, knitting, crochet, and cake decorating are just several of them. Today, her craftiness has taken her to owning her own full time business producing rubber stamps that are food safe for restaurants and bakeries. www.sweetstampen.com
Holly once produced episodes for The Carol Duvall show on HGTV. One episode featured a needlework artist who came to the set “dripping in glass beads. She had them everywhere.” This sparked Holly’s interest into learning another craft. However, back then in 2000 she was unable to find any classes nearby for lampworking, so she began her glass career with fusing.
Four years later she finally was able to find lampworking classes to take. These classes came from Janet Anderson, Kevin Bellwood, Leah Fairbanks, Bronwen Heilman, Kim Fields and Cynthia Tilker with ongoing tutoring from her good friends Kristine Dery and Bindy Lambell. And the list of mentors and teachers won’t stop there. Her inspiration continues on with the influence of several other glass artists across the globe.
Holly started fusing with 90 COE glass, but today she uses everything from 104 to borosilicate for her glass creations. She got her first torch in 2007 and now she has two to choose from. One is a Minor and the other is a Mini CC which gets the most use because of the hotter and larger radiant flame it produces for the large hollows and sculptural pieces she likes to make.
Although her torch time is limited to free time after her dedication to her full time business, she still manages to squeeze in a sizable amount of time to work with glass in a corner of her shop. There she continues to experiment, play and perfect new techniques in torching and fusing towards her ultimate dream of becoming a full time glass artist.
And her words of wisdom for other aspiring artists…”your beads will improve with each session you put in at the torch.”
Continue to follow Holly’s Folly journey in glass on her website and through her blogs.