Even as a child, I needed to create. I started by weaving pot holders, sewing doll clothes, and making paper flowers. By the time I was in high school I was making my own clothes. I have worked with crocheting, cross-stitching and needlepoint, quilting, rug-hooking, weaving, fabric marbling, paper-making, and jewelry design. You name it and I have likely tried it — at least once!
I began my journey in glass by working with stained glass in the early 1990s. With a desire to create beads for jewelry in 2009, I discovered kiln-formed (or fused) glass and I have pursued this artistic avenue with a passion ever since. While not formally educated in art, I have studied under some of the finest glass artists from around the world and I continue to learn and refine my skills.
While I am creative, I am also very analytical. Fused glass is a perfect blend of scientific process and creative expression. I draw my inspiration from the natural world, and I love colors and designs that reflect the beauties of nature. My home studio lies in the foothills of Cache Valley in Northern Utah. While I am originally from the Southern US, I have called Utah my home since 1989. The beautiful high mountain desert in which I live and its surrounding areas provide much of the inspiration for my work. I work with a variety of techniques and particularly enjoy working with frit and powdered glass to create color, texture, and design elements in my art.
Dana Worley, Fused Glass Designs, www.jestersbaubles.com
Dana’s work has been on display in art galleries and juried shows throughout Utah. Dana is a board member and web master for the Glass Art Guild of Utah. Dana maintains a blog about fused glass techniques at http://jestersbaubles.blogspot.com/
In her full-time job, Dana works as a Project Manager for a scientific instrumentation company. When she’s not pursuing art or working, Dana enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and taking pictures.