The art of fusing glass is said to have been started by the ancient Phoenicians, and developed further by the Greeks and Romans. In the 1950s, glass fusing continued to evolve when Americans started turning recycled material into pieces of art.
Modern glass fusing is now a popular hobby.
Patty Lindsey of Chino Valley has been working with glass since 1972.
"I started out in stained glass, and then when I was in college, (receiving her BFA in Sculpture) I was introduced to fused and slumped glass," Patty said.
She enjoys working with glass in any aspect.
"I like creating with glass because I can use my imagination regarding the colors, the shapes, and what ever I feel like throwing in," Patty said.
"When fusing glass you put two or more pieces of glass together in the kiln and melt them together. Slumped glass is when it is formed. You can do this around any object that can stand heat," she explained.
Patty creates a variety of items with her glass art such as trays, bowls, vases, sculptural pieces, end tables, and glass inserts for cabinets, and displays her art in several galleries, three in California, and one in Prescott.
She also designs some of her glass art in slabs, which is several sheets of glass in different colors melted together, which can then become another piece of art.
"This is a fun business, and when a piece comes out just right it gives me a great sense of gratification," said Patty.
"Of course I have broken a few pieces by experimenting, but you don't know if you don't try," she added.
"I then take the broken pieces and think 'how can I tweak this to build it into something else,' because I never let a piece of glass go to waste."
Patty's work will be on display during the 6th Annual Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour. The self-guided tour features more than 39 participating artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at locations in Chino Valley and Prescott.
Brochures with maps are available at Mountain Artists Guild Gallery, where work by each of the tour's juried artists will be on display. Mountain Artists Guild Gallery is located at 228 N. Alarcon Street in Prescott. For more information call the Guild at 928-445-2510 or visit www.prescottstudiotour.com where here is an interactive map with printable directions from your location.