Anne Perez, Owner and Artist of Raven Eagle Design, LLC
About Raven Eagle Design
I am also involved with the local arts community, serving as the Secretary for Glass Gathering, a group of Houston area glass makers. I’m a member of Art League of Fort Bend (who are also my gallery representation), and frequent display artist at Hardy and Nance Studios monthly invitationals. I am also blessed by the tremendous support of my husband, family and friends.
My passion is making kiln-formed glass, jewelry and decor. I became fascinated by light and darkness when living in Alaska. After moving to Texas I began to use fused glass to channel light into art work, creating objects that change with the passing light of the day.
Glass kiln-forming is a trifecta of artistry, material science and faith in the partnership with one’s kiln. Heat and chemistry come together to make something lovely. It also gives me a great excuse to play with power tools. 🙂 (Can’t you tell I’m grinning in my photo?) Sculpture, jewelry, dishes and games are my favorite things to make.
Production of kiln-formed glass sounds simple enough. Cut glass, stack it, melt it together in the kiln, so that the bits of glass become one. Then run it through the kiln again, this time on a shaping or forming mold to give the glass lift and dimension. Then there is the satisfaction of the final finishing and polishing. Sounds simple, yet I’ve studied this art for years and am still learning new things daily.
Sometimes chemical reactions run wild, bits of stuff from the kiln ceiling can embed into the otherwise perfect surface of a final firing and sometimes I miscalculate kiln speed or temperature causing ugly cracks. Yet every setback makes me a better glassmaker.