In 1999, Dolores took her life altering leap from church choir director and piano teacher of 20 years to...... ARTIST.
"I followed some online instructions, purchased some supplies off the internet, and dove right into what I was told was the hardest discipline to master; that being a miniature portrait. The results were encouraging enough that I wanted to delve deeper. I segued into glass after experimenting with ways to use it with my porcelain work."
The Orb Series was originally inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.
"I was watching a TV special on that famous landmark, and the sight of the sun shining through the enormous oculus onto the marble walls just struck a chord within me. I strive to create not only fully dimensional work, but also work that highlights the mysterious quality of the opening which instantly draws the viewer into the piece."
The dichroic inner lining is fused dichroic glass containing multiple micro-layers of metal oxides which give it iridescent properties.
All surface designs are kiln-fused glass made in different layers.
Each orb is entirely hand-finished.