Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tropical Fish door panel

Here is the largest project that I have tackled so far. In the photos you will see that this bathroom door had a large glass panel. The client wanted this to be the bathroom for guests to access from their new pool. The client and her husband are both diving enthusiasts and had decorated the room with all kinds of fishy "stuff". Their only direction was to use as much color as possible and make it whimsical. The additional photos show the completed project. This panel was so large and delicate that I was unable to lift it to see the transmitted light until it was actually installed on site. We were very happy with the results!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Newest Piece - "Floating Flowers" - 24" tall

Here is my most recent piece. It is a vase which is 24" tall and approximately 12" across at the widest point. It is very dimensional because of the large vintage jewels used and also because of the use of broken safety glass for the clear background. I have been carrying 2 buckets of this safety glass around for severl years. It has moved with me a couple of times and just never knew what to use if for. I would recommend it!!! You get a completely different look since it is cracked but not separated in many places. This allows direct light to really reflect on those cracks! Now I only have one and 3/4 buckets to move around.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Texas Wildflower Mosaic Windows

Many of my windows and vases are images of Texas Wildflowers. Here are some examples of a few of the smaller ones. They all include both new and vintage stained glass and vintage glass jewels.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Glass Mosaic Garden Window

One fun use for glass mosaics is to create them using old window frames. The frame can be painted or left "rough" depending on the look you want. The only way I have displayed mine so far have been hung on a patio so there has been a little protection from the elements but I think you could just as easily hang them in some sort of a frame in your garden. Since windows are constructed to withstand weather, I believe they would be very durable shown this way. These were made with my usual glass-on-glass mosaic technique. My design was of 6 different Texas wildflowers - Purple Cone Flower, Indian Blanket, Sunflower, Indian Paintbrush, Bluebonnets, and Yuccas.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Freestanding Mosaic Kachinas

Well, said I would post pictures of my current project but have been too lazy to take any so here are some photos of my interpretations of two native american kachinas. They are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. Both were made by gluing the mosaic pieces to nylon mesh - when the design was complete I trimmed all the way around and glued them on plywood. My husband cut the forms out and added the support pieces which allow them to stand. He suggested that it would add a lot of dimension to the piece if I would also mosaic the edges so on the second (Eagle Kachina) I did just that . Some of the feathers were enhanced with glass enamel that was painted on and then baked. I have hopes of creating more of these in the future.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


This piece measures 20 inches tall and 10 inches across the top. It is on display at "Artisans of Rocky Hill Gallery" in Fredricksburg Texas. The subject matter is our beloved Texas Bluebonnets. Because of the curve of the glass, pieces have to be kept to a very small size!!! Time consuming! This is made with new and vintage stained glass and many vintage glass jewels. The detail of the veining on the leaves was added with glass enamels, baked on and then applied face (painted surface) down. This protectes the painted image so it can never be scratched or marred in any way. I am now working on a larger vase and will try to display a few photos of the piece in progress.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Cat Portrait in Glass

Here is another cat portrait that I was commissioned to do. His name is Boots. We decided to add Texas Wildflowers and a butterfly since the client was fond of butterflies. This one - as with most that I do - contains both new and vintage stained glass and vintage glass jewels. If you like looking at animal portraits I have done several more (the previous post is another cat). I will try to add additional images daily. I would love to hear from other artists that do a similar kind of mosaics!!!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Animal Portraits

I have been asked to create portraits of "special" pets. This is a special treat for me to see if I am able to capture the true personality of the animal. This is "Tigger". She was a beloved pet who used to climb the window screen in her owners office. There was a cocky lizard who enjoyed tempting her! These photos show the process of creating this window. First the pattern was drawn and taped to the back of the glass. I then added the border, cat detail, lizard (including his blue eye!) and finally finished with the background.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Glass on Glass Mosaics

Most of my creations are
glass on glass mosaics created
with both new and vintage
stained glass and glass and
crystal vintage jewels. They
are best displayed in a window
similar to a traditional stained
glass window.

Kathleen Dalrymple - Glass Artist

I have been producing glass on glass mosaics for the past 5 years. My degree was in Fine Art with an emphasis on PrintMaking - mostly silk screen printing. The method I have developed is like "painting with glass". I start with a loose drawing or pattern of what image I want to portray but as
I cut and shape the glass it determines the final image. Many times the was the glass breaks or the color variations create a much more interesting composition than I would have on my own!

Many of my windows have
a "Texas" theme and include Texas wildflowers, trees, and wildflife.