Hello, I'm Anne from WishArtGlass. I've been a professional glass artist for 15 years. I design and make stained and fused glass candle holders, suncatchers, jewelry, and garden accents. I currently live in Pikeville, KY, although I've lived most of my life in Cincinnati, OH. I live with my wonderful husband, Sam and my 5 year old son, Nathan. We have two dogs, Tiggy (we refer to her as a "pitiful bull") and Rose (a tiny "Chorkie" we found hiding in our bushes).
Wish was the name of my brick and mortar shop/gallery which I owned in Cincinnati. I closed the shop when my son was born. Before Wish I owned a funky little vintage and handcrafted store in Columbus, Ohio. Etsy seemed a natural fit for me.
I found Etsy Project Embrace after being included in a treasury curated by Mollie of RoughMagicCreations. I had been looking for a team. I liked the strong sense of community on this team and there is no doubt that this is a wonderful cause. I'm absolutely grateful to have been able to connect with such caring people.
When I discovered glass, I never looked back. I'm self taught. I get an idea and then I experiment until I make it happen. I always keep my mind open to "happy accidents" because they often send me in a new direction.
My day usually starts after I drop my son at kindergarten. I grab a cup of coffee then hit the computer. I answer emails, list/renew items, check treasuries, tweet, and then fill any orders. By late morning I'm cutting glass. The images typically need to dry for a few hours, so then I solder and bead the previous day's fusings. After lunch I return to the freshly cut pieces, add any details to them, then load them into the kiln. I usually fire it later in the evening. In the afternoon I drop off packages at the post office and then pick my son up from school. Evenings are spent with my family. I blog and check emails again aftr my son has gone to sleep. I find it hard to stay awake after 10 pm. So much for my previous rock & roll lifestyle!
I collect blown glass and Mid Century Modern home decor. I also have an incredible collection of vintage fabric. I used to sew frequently but haven't had much time to endulge in that for a while. I would have to say that my favorite item is this venus fly trap. My husband and son planted and have nurtured it together. It's strangely entertaining.
I blog at www.wishartglass.blogspot.com. I'm also on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Wish-Art-Glass-Anne-Simon/56600659065?ref=mf and twitter as wishartglass. I read more on Twitter that I tweet. It's become my personalized news feed. My blogging is inconsistent at best. When I'm busy with work I neglect the blog (and housekeeping, apparently).
In 10 years I hope to have a happy son in high school and to continue to grow closer to my husband. We would love to travel internationally as our son gets older. I just started working on my business full time again this Fall after staying home with my son. This past year saw incredible growth, which I hope will continue. I want to broaden my skill set. I've been playing with more lampworking techniques which I plan to incorporate along with other techniques into more upscale home decor items. I love my bread and butter suncatchers and candle holders, but have some fabulous ideas for bigger items!