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Bonnie Proudfoot began working with stained glass in 1977, apprenticing at a studio in Buffalo, NY . It didn’t take her long to realize that after mastering the techniques of stained glass construction, she’d be able to design and construct her own work.

“My passion became creating original window panels and lampshades that paid tribute to color and light and design, and the exquisite luminous quality of glass”.

In 1979, after moving to Fairmont, West Virginia, Bonnie began a solo career as a stained glass artist. For sixteen years she owned Art Glass of West Virginia, a studio that specialized in a decorative arts approach to custom designed windows and lampshades.

Ms. Proudfoot has taught glasswork at the Augusta Heritage Center , the Sedalia Center , the Parkersburg Arts Center , and the Foothills School of American Craft. Bonnie designed the two year degree program in glass for Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio where she taught a variety of glass courses. Her work has been shown at Cedar Lakes , at Harper’s Ferry, at Tamarack, and other galleries throughout the area.

In the last decade, Bonnie has been heating and fusing glass and experimenting with the way that glass can be manipulated in the kiln. As she explains, “Kiln-forming allows me a fresh focus on form, design, and depth”.

In kiln-forming, the artist takes pieces of cut or ground glass, fuses it in a kiln, and then reheats the fused glass to give it depth or dimension. When creating a piece, Bonnie likes to allow the color, density and surface texture of the glass to influence the final design. In this way, she believes that “a work of art in glass can contain a powerful presence that changes the way people respond to their environment or to the space they inhabit."

Bonnie Proudfoot lives in Athens, Ohio, where she divides her time between working in her glass studio and teaching glasswork courses in Stained Glass, Glass Fusing, and 3-D Glass Sculpture.

She is a member of the Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta , Ohio and serves on the board of Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

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