Rachel of Fused Glass House began her journey creating back in the 80s. Originally formed as Ear Rig her design styles have morphed through the years from simple beading in the 80s to stained glass in the 90s and on to glass fusing and metal-smithy in the last decade. She'll be making the trip up from Portland for our second summer show in just 9 days!
UCU: What is your favorite part about Urban Craft Uprising or other large-scale craft shows?
FGH: I love to talk to people about what I make, get positive feedback. I adore it when repeat customers come up showing off a piece they've been wearing for years, reminding me of different design directions I've followed. It's also feels crucial as a somewhat solitary artist to be part of the community of people who feed their souls and bellies with their creative selves. Shows tend to offer that artist camaraderie piece, the feeling that we belong to a larger whole.
UCU: What do you like best about crafting/creating your product?
FGH: Playing with color, hands down. It's therapy.
UCU: Is there something you are hoping to shop for, a treasure you'd like to find at this year's Summer UCU?
FGH: Several. A t-shirt for my sweetheart, little stuff for my boys, a baby gift.
UCU: If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
FGH: Today? I'd love to be the hero that takes all the oil from the Gulf waters and sets it back where it belongs in the bowels of the earth far under the ocean, leaving the sea pristine, and its life as vibrant and healthy as can be.
UCU: Its summer vacation time. Beach or the mountains?
FGH: Beach. Sand, preferably swim-able water, tide pools, walks and bonfires. With kids, it's divine, they are happy and both worn and smoothed out by it.
Thanks Rachel! We've got one of Rachel's cute pendants to give away to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below to be eligible. We'll select one winner at random and announce here on the blog next Friday (aka the eve of the second annual Urban Craft Uprising summer show!).