Glass Quiltopia- Joanne Fransen-Gilliam
Glass Quiltopia has been creating stained glass for forty years and fused glass for four years! She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen for fused glass and a juried member of the KY Crafted in fiber arts (quilting) for two decades!
She mainly uses the copper foil method in creating stained glass. The art glass is hand cut, foiled and soldered to join the pieces of glass together, then cleaned and polished. She has made stained glass panels as tall as six feet, as well as dimensional work and lampshades.
Fused glass begins with designing a pattern, cutting art glass and and placing it in a kiln to join the pieces together. Firing temperatures are usually between 1350 to 1550 degrees, and the glass remains in the kiln approximately 24 hours per firing. Some work, like woven glass plates, may require four or more firings. She uses several different techniques to create her fused glass work, which can range from jewelry to sun catchers, wind chimes, and plant stakes, to slumped bowls, plates, and platters.
They also do custom work!