Cherie Marshall has been creating art her entire life as a seamstress, a woodworker, and now as a glass artist. She began working with glass in 2012, handcrafting
kiln-formed jewelry and art pieces. She has been studying the art form with Alyssa Oxley at Davis Studio in So. Burlington, Vermont. Cherie continues to perfect her craft and develop what has become her own unique style.
Color and form are the key elements of Cherie's work. She is inspired by what she sees in nature and by other forms of artwork, which she reinterprets in glass. She is passionate about exploring the multitude of possibilities within the medium of glass and looks forward to continuing her studies.
Cherie lives in Burlington, Vermont and enjoys visits with her two grown children, both artists in their own right. When she's not creating art she enjoys gardening, music making and listening, yoga, and the beauty of Vermont. She enjoys working on the admin team at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and furthering their mission to make art and the artistic process accessible to everybody.
The process I use for my patterned jewelry is quite different from most fused glass jewelry. It starts with an idea for patterns and colors that are often inspired by nature, or a piece of art in another medium, or just by the colors themselves. I create blocks of patterned glass by layering sheet glass, glass rods, and frit (tiny crushed bits of glass) in a dam. I also often leave spaces between the pieces of glass. When the glass is fired in the kiln it flows and swirls into wonderful, sometimes unexpected patterns and fuses together in a solid block.
Once the block has cooled I cut off thin slices on a wet tile saw with a special diamond blade. The slices are smoothed down on a flat lapidary grinder, again with a diamond encrusted disc.
Then I study the slices and decide what shapes and pieces are the most interesting. After the pieces are cut up more shaping and polishing takes place on the lapidary grinder. Finally, holes are drilled and sterling silver loops and hooks complete the jewelry.