Recently, my friend Darby (aka A Bourbon Gal) contacted me with a request for artwork for her local elementary school.  The problem?  Super tight deadline and super small budget.  After tossing a few ideas back and forth, we came up with a really great solution.  I had a bunch of left over prepared art glass supplies from the Glass Mosaic project earlier in the year.

Darby bravely took on the design and assembly of the artwork.  With her two boys as assistants, they assembled two amazing plaques for the school.  Remember that Darby has had no prior glass experience.  Pretty amazing!

Fused art glass fruit Fused Art Glass Arch

My contribution?  Firing and sandblasting the lettering onto the fruit plaque:

Engraved fruit plaque

The finished piece will be permanently mounted on a garden box in the school garden.  We managed to get both projects done on time and within budget. And I’d like to think I’ve converted at least one more person to glass.