Kimberly Bylo

fistful-of-tigers-photography-love-life-live-life-8498Growing up I didn't really know I was an artist. I tried lots of different things to try to fit in, and still felt like I was missing something. I grew up in a very small town in Ohio, where arts weren't emphasized much at all. In fact my school had only one art teacher for both the elementary and high school. I was alway creative, painting old furniture I found in funky ways, making clothes for myself, and experimenting with lots of Manic Panic hair dye. When I arrived in New York City to go to college I took an art class on a whim. It was then that I realized I had a whole creative life inside me, that I had to get out. I felt like all the planets aligned and I finally figured out who I was. I note this time as the first and only epiphany I’ve ever had, and I have not looked back since.

Jewelry making has been a long time hobby of mine. I learned how to braid a hemp bracelet when I was about eleven, and from there I continued to teach myself various jewelry making techniques well into my adult life. I would pick up library books and practice techniques over and over again, and then do it some more until I was happy with it. I would easily stay up until two o’clock in the morning making necklaces for myself, and I did that as a quiet hobby as a teenager. It wasn't until after I invested in a fine art degree that I was introduced to glass fusing by my mom. Truthfully in the beginning I was not very interested in it. I didn’t feel like it was mine, and couldn’t find my vision in the medium. I was all about fine art, color, and abstract painting. The colors are what kept me intrigued, and who doesn’t like using 1500 degrees of heat to melt stuff! It is pretty cool. As I started to get a lot more comfortable with the medium, I started to look at what I was doing in glass as miniature compositions in color. Having made jewelry since I’d been young, making it wearable, comfortable, and complementing fashion(or at the very least my sense of fashion) came naturally. Aside from that I like to make jewelry that is fun, has a daring element, but is also clean, balanced, and grounded. Color is always my jump off point…Dynamic funky designs follow, and from there I chisel, wrap, and put the finishing touches in place. In the end, there is a beautiful, sparkly treasure made. My favorite thing about making these treasures is watching a person smile when they try one on.

Fused Glass

fistful-of-tigers-photography-love-life-live-life-8809 Fused Glass is a warm glass technique that uses a kiln manipulate glass at temperatures between 1100 degrees and 1550 degrees. I primarily focus on tack fusing and full fusing. A tack fuse is created by layering cuts of glass and heating them to about 1450 degrees. As a tack fuse cools you are left with a textural piece of glass where the individual character of each piece of glass really shines. A full fuse is heated to 1550 degree and creates a seamlessly smooth multicolored piece of glass. There are many different types of glass and techniques within the fusing medium that can really transform the look of your finished product. Dichroic glass is perhaps the most eye catching of all types of fusible glass. Dichroic glass is beautiful glass that is coated with metal oxides, which gives it an iridescent quality that is very much like an opal. Each piece I create is unique and one of a kind.