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Artistic creations in many forms have has always been in my life, whether in a structured class environment or on my own time.  From pencil drawings, painting, textiles, and mixed medium there always seemed to be a path to dimension. 

I received my Visual Communications degree from Northern Illinois University.  Designing trade show exhibits in Chicago, which included drawings and scale models continuing my progression from 2-D to 3 Dimensions.

So it isn’t too much of a stretch to conclude that my next artistic step would involve a layering of complexity. 

I was introduced to glass while creating leaded stained glass panels.  My style and the need for depth were not fulfilled until I came across a sheet of fusing glass and its process.   

In 2001 my experimentation with fusing glass began with the purchase of a how-to book, a glass kiln, hundreds of sheets of Bullseye glass, frits, powders, and a notebook.  My creations are dimensional introducing depth, movement, and texture. While visiting the Glass Museum in Hsinchu City, Taiwan I was asked to participate and teach a fusing class using my technique and structure

Michelle Rial

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