Featured Artist: Athena Hornsby, concrete, Washington

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My love of art was born at a young age due to necessity and boredom. I made mud pies and macaroni mosaic and potholders out of old socks. Yes, old socks. Imagine taking bread from the oven with old socks and yes, we made bread too. Before bread became artisan, it was just bread. When I was in the seventh grade an art teacher inspired me and, though I never pursued anything at the time, the seed was planted. I went through a phase in life called ‘making a living’ and then finally gave that up and just chose art. I have dabbled with flowers, fabric, beads and baking and finally settled on glass as my choice for perfection.

Basically, I am self-taught but I love to learn and continue to take classes in stained glass, mosaic and glass fusing. I have studied under international masters of contemporary mosaic such as Martin Cheek and Christine Stewart. Other classes and workshops are done locally. I, myself, am a teacher of stained glass, mosaic and fusing. Sharing the love of glass inspires me as well, making me continually reach for new ideas and techniques.

Painted and fused…..Greece.

This was part of a contest at her local library, which Athena won and now this piece hangs in the library and the image is on all of the library cards.

I personally invite any guild members traveling the scenic the North Cascades Highway (gateway to North Cascades National Park) to please stop for a visit. I’m open Friday through Tuesday all year (unless I’m traveling) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. https://www.facebook.com/northwestgardenbling

Athena’s lovely glass on glass mosaics.
Athena’s very first lamp! Wow!
Athena’s latest lamp…..pretty cute.

I am a member, or have been, of these great organizations: The Association of Stained Glass Lamp Artists, Arts Council of Sedro Woolley, Pacific Northwest Glass Guild and Skagit Artists Together.