Interested in becoming a NO Days Featured Artist?
| Want to share your artwork made using NO Days products with the world? We love seeing the various ways our customers are using NO Days products! If you'd like to be considered for a Featured Artist spotlight that goes out to our newsletter subscribers and links to your website, we'd love to help promote you and your work!|
Each month, we select an artist to feature on our website and in our newsletter. We invite those artists working with No Days products to share their creations.
March, 2013 Featured Artist - Cappi Phillips of Moe's Ache Studio...
|Cappi Phillips of Moe’s Ache Studio has been creating whimsical art for over 20 years. Prior to mosaics, she hand built clay sculptures to sell in galleries throughout the country but got lost in the paperwork and production end of the business. Yearning for a little more magic, she began to explore her child-hood passion - mosaics. "There is something magical and compelling about an object comprised of many small bits. I'm not sure why I am so drawn to the beauty and complexity of a mosaic piece, but consider (myself) fortunate ... to express (my) creativity through this form."|
"I love the No Days Groutless sheets. I've been working on ornaments for an upcoming holiday Glass Guild show, and find the groutless ones have a nice finished look and are lighter weight (good for hanging on the tree)."
"We often start by reclaiming everyday objects, many destined for the landfill, reinventing them using both traditional and innovative mosaic techniques. The idea of recycling objects into art is not necessarily a unique concept, however the idea that more and more people on our planet are embracing its creation is uniquely positive. Art created using recycled and re-used materials goes beyond just feeding the soul and enriching the mind. It also becomes a vehicle for positive social change. As the focus on our planet becomes more centered in renewable resources, I am challenged to re-use and re-invent materials in an attempt to show others what can be done with society's orphans. Mosaic lends itself naturally to this challenge. Broken pottery shards transform an outer surface; discarded plastic bags form a lightweight, environmentally friendly core. Using these materials in innovative ways, together with a touch of humor, I want to create public and commercial artwork that evokes a smile while reminding us of our role as resourceful stewards of our planet. If our trash is to come back and haunt us, it should be in a form we can enjoy!"
View more of Cappi's creations on her website, http://www.moesache.com.
Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoesAche
"I love the 'hunt' of discovering unusual pieces that I can incorporate in my one-of-a kind mosaics. The 'onions' were discovered at a yard sale. I used a No Days Groutless sheet under cut glass strips that were placed on a metal wall plaque. The onions were then added for a 3-D look. I love the shiny look of the No Days 'grout' on this piece."
Merle Bouffard is the artist and designer behind Merle Art Design. She specializes in custom elements for the home including furniture, Italian glass and marble mosaic, and wall art. "I love providing decorators or home-owners something that has personal meaning as well as serving as a functional piece of art."
Merle enjoys using heat activated No Days Mosaic Mesh for mounting her mosaics because "it is great for delicate glass mosaics, but is also string enough to hold the marble pieces together as well." She also likes to stabilize her intricate mosaics further by "front mounting with paper and back mounting with the No Days Mosaic Mesh. It is the way to go!"
For her Dogwood Mosaic, Merle used a similar technique. "It was an intricate glass mosaic of Dogwood flowers for a shower floor installation. It was 4 feet by 4 feet. The mosaic was so complex, I really didn't want to separate it into too many pieces to install. I face mounted it with paper then turned it over and back mounted it with the No Days Mosaic Mesh. I used the heat gun you sent that allowed instant adhesion with no disturbing of the tiles. It was great!! My installer applied a skin coat of thinset as well and let it dry. We were able to lift and maneuver a very large piece without losing one piece of glass. I'm so glad I found this product. It is the answer for so many problems and frustrations I've had in the past."
Merle is a prolific designer and creator; check out more of her work with No Days Mesh, here. To see more of her designs for the home, including wall art and tables, visit: http://MerleArtDesign.etsy.com.
Detail of "Tree of Life," an 8'x12' glass and steel
sculpture that resides in an assisted living facility in Ohio.
To read the story of the Dogwood Mosaic Bathroom, head over to Merle's website.
Karen Dixon is an award winning glass artist. Her work has been exhibited throughout the south at juried gallery and museum exhibitions. Her most recent award was the Maury Smith Award at the 39th Annual Montgomery Art Guild, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art Exhibition in spring 2011.
Karen is a co-owner of Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery & Studio, LLC located just south of Birmingham in Pelham, AL. The studio offers a fine art glass gallery, architectural commissions and courses in kiln-formed glass.
"I use lots of pieces and layers in my work. I was very happy to find No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive so parts stay where I place them, and it sets up quickly. I especially like it for creating projects with multiple layers that require specific placement of pieces to give a dimensional effect. It saves time and it fires clean at tack, full and casting temperatures."
In addition to creating her own artwork, Karen also teaches classes and co-runs a glass gallery, Dixon-Ballog Glass Gallery and Studio. They offer everything from walk in projects to classes on box and open face castings.
For Karen's personal website, visit www.kdixonglass.com.
For more information on the glass studio, gallery and classes offered, visit www.dixon-ballog.com.
No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive sets up quick and is tacky so all the pieces stay put!
|Barb Byrne of Eclectic Treasures has always immersed herself in arts & crafts. She began sewing in high school, working with embroidery and needlework as a young adult, and then spinning and basket weaving when she moved with her husband to a 300-acre farm in mid-Missouri in 1990. |
In the late 90s, she wove a full-sized baby cradle for her first grandchild and it was so well-received that she began a small business, aptly named Heirloom Cradles, making and selling doll cradles of all sizes, including miniatures. While on the farm, Barb began growing her own gourds after discovering gourd art, turning her gourds into decorated vases, bowls, and jewelry. She found a way to marry her love of weaving with gourds and her specialty became weaving natural materials onto the rims of decorated gourds.
In 2007, Barb and her husband sold the farm and moved to the Kansas City area to spend more time with their daughter and her family. Barb joined the local area community center where she took a class in fused glass. After just two sessions, she was hooked!!
Not having her own kiln, Barb continued to take classes at the community center for about a year, making mostly small jewelry pieces. Once Barb realized that this was the best creative outlet she had ever experienced, she bought her own kiln. Barb still makes lots of jewelry, but now she also makes a host of other items, including night lights, luminaries, business card holders, coasters, picture frames, and houseplant stakes. She also slumps and decorates wine and liquor bottles.
Barb loves to use No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive, especially when decorating her business card holders, night lights, and houseplant stakes. "The No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive keeps the small glass pieces in place and is great for adding frit to some of the narrower pieces I design."
Barb teaches nightlight and luminary classes in her home studio "My students also love the No Days Liquid Adhesive. Several students have used No Days to help them 'write' names on their creations with frit and to paint frit flowers to accentuate their designs."
Above: Night light using No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive to create Olivia's name and Bailbond to secure the nightlight finding
|Most recently Barb has discovered the ease of using No Days Bail Bond on her creations. "Not only is it the best adhesive for attaching pendant bails, but its super bonding power works really well on earrings, bracelets, and rings. It has also proved to be a real asset when attaching the metal clip to a nightlight. And it’s SO fast and easy to use!"|
Above: Fused Glass Coasters using No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive to control frit application
|Laury Burns of Mywave Mosaics hails from a large family, the youngest of 7 kids, who were interested in all things art from a very young age. She made a conscious decision during childhood not to major in art, believing it would be too hard to make a living as an artist. With her father's profession as an anatomy professor, and her love of math and science, it made sense for Laury to get her B.S. in Zoology instead.|
After supporting herself for years in a profession totally unrelated to art or zoology, she has made the transition back to her childhood passion working with her hands and her heart, creating as many art projects in her free time as possible: sculpture, mosaics, jewelry, tables, costumes and whatever else comes to mind.
"My artistic background includes ceramics, jewelry, interior design, and mosaics. Currently, I am in the process of creating a line of mosaic cow skulls. I inherited my love of skulls from my father, the anatomy professor. I love working with 3 dimensional forms and multi media. My favorite mediums to work with are shells, stained glass, glass tile, marbles, resin and found objects."
"I used the 'No Days Mosaic Mesh' for the very first time in the construction of the wave around the bar top. It worked awesomely, and the mosaic turned out much better than it would have with regular mortar. My waves lined up nice and perfect! I still have plenty of No Days Mosaic Mesh left and can't wait for inspiration for my next project! "
She currently lives in Tempe, AZ with her best friend and husband of 17 years, Kevin, and dogs Bongo and Puka. "We enjoy life, love to cook, grow lots of hot peppers (habaneros and bhut jolokias), and look forward to traveling as much as possible!"
Read more about Laury and see her work on her website, her Facebook page and her Etsy shop, where you'll find necklaces that Laury has made for her favorite local Tempe, AZ band "Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers" (formerly known as "The Refreshments").
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Susan Gamble is the owner and artistic director at Santa Theresa Tile Works in Tucson, Arizona. She uses one-of-a-kind hand made ceramic tiles in mosaics to create stunningly detailed and breathtaking mosaics for custom installations, commissions and public art.
She recently used No Days Mosaic Adhesive to complete a mosaic installation on Wedi Board. "Both the installer and I are quite pleased with the results. No Days Mosaic Adhesive worked really well."
"When working with larger ceramic tiles (that can sometimes be warped), you can layer the No Days Mosaic Adhesive to build up a thicker layer of adhesive behind the pieces." Alternatively, she suggests using the No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive behind the tiles that are warped, because it is a thicker layer of film that eliminates the need to layer the adhesive.
"I got quite good at building up layers of adhesive, using the heat gun, etc. I have developed some good skills and techniques."
As well as making the ceramic tiles, Santa Theresa Tile Works offers classes in making tiles and mosaics. Watch for the New Technology Workshops, where Susan offers her experience and advice in working with No Days Mosaic Adhesive. Some of her students have gone on to create architectural mosaics of their own, including a large mosaic fire pit.
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Lizz Van Saun has been a mosaic artist and teacher for more than 10 years. Her energy and enthusiasm for this art form have led her to artist residencies in schools, to teach workshops at her studio (Kast Hill Studio) in New Hampshire, and throughout New England. She is passionate about creating and finding opportunities for leading community mosaic projects for public and private events.
"As an artist, I’m always interested in and looking for innovative ways to do what I love to do. When I discovered Streuter's No Days Mosaic Adhesive, it opened up a whole new realm of creative possibilities for me. Streuter products have allowed both me, and my students to spend less time on preparing materials and substrates, and more time on the creative process. Streuter adhesives are less messy and more portable than cement products. This makes it easier for me to have classes away from my studio. Brad Streuter has responded quickly and personally to my questions, concerns and requests. Excellent customer service, excellent products."
Get to know Lizz, find out about her workshops, and see pictures of her and her students work over at http://kasthillstudio.com/.
Logan Niles is a true Renaissance Woman with professional and artistic experience across many mediums. A graduate from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America with over 26 years in the food service industry, Logan has experienced a varied creative life to date. Be it as a busy caterer and Executive Chef in New York City, a nationally heard voice-over actress, a food stylist and photographer, or a budding mosaic artist; her hands are rarely still for long. If there are creative avenues to be explored you will most likely find Logan at their crossroads learning, teaching, consulting and exploring new ways to think outside of the box. Logan currently heads up the manufacturing of culinary inspired artisanal bath & beauty products for her company Lather Unusual while raising her young son amongst the verdant green of Seattle, WA.
While seeking a way to enhance the retail experience for her customers at the same time emphasizing her brand, Logan decided to attempt her very first mosaic using NO Days Mosaic Mesh. She was looking for a way to fill the shop with allure, while keeping within a budget, and NO Days helped her speed the process. "There's no way I could have done this (especially in a week's time) without your NO Days Mosaic Mesh!"Read up on the whole process from inspiration to finished table over at her Blather Blog, and stop by her Lather Unusual site if you're in the market for some delicious body products!
Gayle Haynie has worked in stained glass since 1991 and has studied under some of the best known names in the industry: Si Isenberg, Peter McGrain, Norm Dobbins, Gil Reynolds, and Vickie Payne, just to name a few.
She is a member of the Blue Ridge Art Guild and the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild.
You can reach her for more information at
| Jacqui Bush took her first copper foil class in 1997 and hasn't looked back. From flat glass to warm glass, and silver art clay to enamels, her classes and experimenting continue. In 2004, she could no longer resist the call of the glass and left her career in technology to open a studio. Her studio offers a wide variety of classes in stained, leaded, beveled, etched, fused and painted glass. She repairs and restores glass, creating custom work, as well. |
She has a contagious passion for glass in all its forms and loves to share it with others. Through teaching and demonstrating, she works (or rather plays) to increase public awareness of glass art through special events, educational classes, and community involvement, offering free or low cost classes to art teachers in public education through the "Teach the Teacher" program.
Jacqui enjoys teaching teachers about glass art, and how to bring it into the classroom to inspire the next generation of glass artists. Kids LOVE glass, but the mosaic process can be messy when using traditional adhesives and grout! It's easy to teach them glass history and how glass is worked. Jacqui and colleague Brenda Fee co-authored "Artistically Inspired: Glass Lessons for the Art Classroom," with 25 lesson plans designed to incorporate the history and process of creating glass art into the school curriculum.
Jacqui is always coming up with new techniques to share with her students. She teaches "Groutless Mosaics" incorporating beads, vintage or memorable jewelry and other objects with glass tiles. She loves using No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive for its ease of use; there's no need to move the design between layout and gluing or grouting. It's nontoxic and not messy, so it's safe and convenient to use in a school setting. Plus, it eliminates having to wait for glue to dry or working with and coloring grouts.
Jacqui is certified in the Unique Glass paints, a member of AGA, RAGS, and is on the Board of Directors for the KBW Education Foundation.
Jacqui Bush is a veritable fountain of knowledge!!! Check out her page full of tips and tricks on anything and everything concerning glass, kilns, and education! View more at www.stainedglassofmckinney.com.
Meet featured artists Vicki Day and Nola Cabral of The Stained Glass Shop in Glendale, Arizona.
Vicki and Nola bought the shop in 1986, which had sold traditional leaded glass supplies, finished goods and held classes from a suburban strip mall since 1971.
Although the shop is just across the street from the old location, they have more retail space as well as a better-designed teaching area. They also have the capacity to run three - 220V kilns and six - 8” kilns all at the same time! When teaching some techniques they need all that fire power!
Their fused glass mosaic technique has been developed over time with the help of two special people: Diane Sepanski, who had the original idea, and Mary Beth Maddox, who helped define the new process. Vicki & Nola love using No Days ThinFuse Adhesive in their Fused Glass Mosaic Classes because it eliminates a firing and cuts back on the amount of time it takes to finish a project. Prior to the advent of No Days Thin Fuse Adhesive, the colored tile pieces would be laid on the background glass, then the piece would be tack-fused. Now the pieces can be heat set with the adhesive, allowed to cool, and finished with frit glass grout all before being kiln fired.
The Stained Glass Shop is a full-service retail store. The shop provides glass, supplies and a large variety of classes in both traditional lead and copper foil stained glass techniques, beginning fusing and specialty fusing, mosaics, precious metal clay, wire working, silver jewelry techniques and much more.
Visit Vicki and Nola at www.stainedglass-shop.com to learn more!
Glenda works as the Studio Specialist & Instructor at Hollander Fusing Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the secretary for the Atlanta Glass Art Guild. Glenda became enamored with glass fusing after taking a beginning class in 2006.
When frit painting, Glenda loves using No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive as "it is great for helping the frit stay in place once you have your design in place. No Days Fusing Adhesive also lets you build up the frit in areas where you want bold color or more texture with out having to wait for the initial layers to dry between each application of frit. I is a great time saver when doing frit painting."
Glenda grew up learning different craft techniques from ceramics to sewing with her mother, but nothing has captured her interest like glass. Glenda has taught beginning fusing and wire wrapping techniques to local scout and church groups. As a perpetual student Glenda plans to learn many more glass techniques to advance her love of art glass.
"I grew up in a family of very creative women. My mom used to tell me stories of my grandmother transcribing library books, including the illustrations, by hand for my mother and her sister to treasure, because they did not have enough money to buy books. My mother and I took many crafting classes together as I grew up. We tried our hands at many crafts. But, glass has drawn me like no other. I have fond memories of visiting the Fenton Glass factory when I was a child and wondering at how everything was made. I have long collected carnival and antique glass marveling at its color and sparkle. I love that no two art glass pieces are alike. Even if you take the same pattern and make it twice there will be subtle and sometimes distinct differences between the two pieces."
Connect with Glenda at Glenda Emory Designs.
Leigh Adams emits an energy and exuberance brighter than the purple in her hair! She loves sharing her knowledge of mosaic with students of all ages, but especially enjoys working with children to create public art. Although most of her work is done in the Pasadena California area, Leigh has traveled and worked with children in Mexico, China and Central America for many years.
Whether teaching folk arts, language or life skills, Leigh believes that cooperative learning, achieving consensus and building new skills which can result in public acknowledgement are some of the greatest gifts we can give our children and our society.
Created by commission for the Los Angeles County Arboretum's 40 acre Australian Garden, The Rainbow Dream Snake is inspired by Aboriginal creation stories of the Waugal or Rainbow Serpent. The Dream Snake was made with poured concrete to create the creature's scale patterns and differently shaped mosaics on No Days Mosaic Mesh throughout its quarter mile path. Leigh invited the public to help create the mosaics on mesh.
Leigh's always working on several different projects in different stages of the process. Pictured at right is her Cypress Wall, a fused glass mosaic on No Days Mesh, which has been mortared to the wall, but must still be trimmed, grouted and cleaned.
Leigh is currently working on a piece in her water wise backyard garden, a Queen of Bees Throne, using No Days Mosaic Mesh and ceramic tiles. She's sharing the process and you'll find a slideshow of her progress below.
See more of Leigh's work at Leigh Adams Glass Art Designs...
Brenda Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. She loves art and making things with her own hands. Brenda has been in the art field for twenty-nine years, with an emphasis on glass the last seven. She began with leaded glass windows, then went on to stained glass and copper foil, building triple-glazed windows, and performing commissioned work for business and residential clients.
From there, it was glass painting, jewelry boxes, custom glass tiles, mosaics, and consulting work across the United States.
"I love working with all forms of glass! I love combining different techniques to create 'mixed media' glass art work. I've recently started using bits of GlueFoil to accent the leaded glass windows I create with No Days Glaze. I love the easy extra sparkle and detail it adds to the glass."
Brenda never wants to stop learning new things to do with glass. Her glass work can be found in the United States, Japan, and Brazil.
Far left: Mosaic table top created using No Days Mosaic Adhesive Film and fused glass inclusions.
Jennifer Urbaniak of My Little Pink Boutique
"I was working for a supplier in the art glass world about 4 years ago as a general manager for the company, when I decided to try my hand at crafting. Barb Steffan from Sunshine Glassworks exposed me to fused glass, and I was hooked from day one!
|Carrie Strope Sohayda of Calyx Glass.|
When Carrie's not firing it up in the glass studio, she's reading everything she can about techniques and trends in glass. As enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge as she is about expanding her own talents, Carrie teaches classes in mosaic, stained glass and fused glass to both children and adults. She is launching the first-ever glass program at the LUX Center for the Arts in her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Skilled in jewelry design, kilnforming, stained glass painting, as well as quilting, collage and mixed media, Carrie's headlong rush into the creative life started at home where she crocheted with her grandmother, quilted with her mother and worked alongside her dad in his woodshop. Most recently she has delved into the art of "glass quilting," the process of transforming quilt blocks into plates, trays, coasters, and jewelry.
"No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive helps me to create wonderful textures and patterns with powders in my glass quilts."
She has recently fallen in love with the No Days BailBond. "With BailBond, I'm able to attach findings to several pieces all at once by throwing them in the toaster oven to heat! If I change my mind later, I can switch out findings and turn a pin into a pendant!
When I'm teaching children's classes, I don't have to worry about toxic epoxy. The kids can cut the BailBond and tape it in place with no mess and no worry."
Left: "1134 Pieces" created using HoneyDoo Zuper Glue.
Watch how Carrie created her masterpiece "1134 Pieces"
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