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Jodi McRaney Rusho

Jodi McRaney Rusho

I had the good fortune to be raised in a somewhat vagabond lifestyle. My family moved around the small towns of the west at an average of two new towns a year. While it drove my school teachers wild, it was a great exposure to many different places, people and stories. That early part of my life instilled a permanent sense of nosiness, let’s call it curiosity…

We never had a television while I was growing up, so in a bid to keep me busy, I was given my first deluxe X-acto knife set at age 8. Opening that little wood box and seeing the light flash across all those beautiful steel blades cemented my love for the sharp and the shiny.

While still pursuing that first love, I discovered glass twenty years later. Here was something that combined sharp and shiny in a whole new way. I started experimenting with recycled glass but wasn’t really committed until lots of folks told me it couldn’t be done. That recycled art glass was not worth the effort. Well….along with that aforementioned curiosity, I’m as determined as a mule!

Twelve years later, I eat breathe and dream about recycled glass. It’s a difficult medium. I spent the first few years failing repeatedly and doing massive amounts of research. Along the way, the story of the glass really hooked me, particularly in relation to the people who value it. I can’t fathom the idea of opening a box of new glass from the factory, it just doesn’t have anything to say.

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3 comments
Carrie Strope Sohayda
Carrie Strope Sohayda

Just watched your television interviews for your Sustainable Art show! Fabulous! I'm starting on an adventure with recycled window glass and 2nd and 3rd graders in January. We're going to paint the glass and "carve" it with fiber paper. Can't wait to see the results. Thanks for sharing your work with us!

Mel M.
Mel M.

Hi Jodi,
I love your work! Can you offer any advice on what kind of training a beginner would need in order to learn to make things from recycled glass? Also, I'd love to hear more about the tools you use. I live in Charleston SC.

Thanks!

Kelly H.
Kelly H.

I am currently trying to work out a way to recycle wine and liquor bottles into drinking glasses. I have been getting a beautiful cut edge but now I am trying to find a successful way of achieving smooth edges on the top. I have tried heating them in my kiln to different degrees then using a torch to fire polish the edge only to have them chip and crack. Any advice? I appreciate you taking time to help. Kelly

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