WELCOME TO DOS SIRENAS GLASS STUDIO!
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Dos Sirenas Glass Studio designs and produces very diverse types of fused glass:
Art Pieces: This is "art for the sake of art"! It includes fused glass artwork that can be wall mounted or sit in display stands, vases, and even clocks that do so much more than tell time! Take a peak...
Southwest Inspired: The Sonoran Desert with its unique flora and fauna, the Grand Canyon, the Red Rocks of Sedona, and the ancient peoples of this land have provided us with wonderful opportunites to bring their beauty to fused glass art! If you live in the Southwest or just choose to bring its flavor to your home, here is where you will find what you are looking for!
Serving Pieces: Plates, bowls, spoon rests, butter dishes, deviled egg plates, appetizer dishes and large serving platters that are dishwasher safe! Any piece can be made in any color or design that you wish.
Home Design: Take a look at this product line that focuses on architectural art for your home: backsplashes, window inserts, multi-media yard art and even inserts for outdoor kitchens!
New! Fun! Unique!: Picture frames, tic-tac-toe games, stand-up animals, even a Christmas tree that folds for easy storage! Come see what we have in store for you...
Special and Customized Orders: Are you looking for that special, personalized gift for a special occasion? We can make your gift with names, dates, even special emblems. How about a Corporate Logo Art Pieces? These orders can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes.
WHAT IS FUSED GLASS?
It is not known for sure when or where glass fusing techniques began. There is evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with rudimentary techniques and some historians believe that the earliest fusing techniques were developed by the Romans. Glass work enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance Period, although fusing was largely ignored during this time. Glass fusing became popular in the early part of the 20th century and particularly in the U.S. during the 1960s. Modern glass fusing is a widespread hobby but the technique is not widely used for large-scale glass ware production.
HOW IS FUSED GLASS ART MADE?
Most fusing methods involve stacking, or layering thin sheets of glass, often using different colors to create designs. The piece is placed in the kiln and then heated to temperatures up to 1500 degrees until the separate pieces bond together. The amount of time and temperature vary depending on the piece.After a piece reaches the fusing temperature, it must sit at various stages to make sure the glass process is finished and that the piece is sturdy and dishwasher safe.This process is called "annealing the glass". The entire process can take up to 12 hours.Once the piece has been fused together, the next step is to put it in a mold to “slump” the piece into the shape it was designed for. The slumping process allows the creation of larger, functional pieces like dishes, bowls, plates and trays. These pieces generally require multiple firings; one to full fuse the glass, then one or two firings to add additional design elements and/or dimensionality, and finally a firing to mold it.All of the glass that we use at Dos Sirenas Glass Studio is made in the United States.
Throughout our website you will see various examples of our fused glass work. As you explore our website, you will see many different colors, shapes, styles and themes. If you are looking for something specific that you don't see on our site, please contact us to discuss a custom fused glass art piece.
We hope you enjoy viewing our work as much as we enjoy creating these fused glass art pieces!
We'd like to introduce ourselves to you. We are Candy Armstrong and Terese Butler, the two sirenas of Dos Sirenas Glass Studio. We chose our company name, which means "two mermaids" in Spanish, because we are avid scuba divers. In fact, we met on a dive boat while we were both pretty green during rough seas! This adventure forged a friendship that has endured more than eighteen years and has taken us and our spouses on dive trips around the world. We formed Dos Sirenas Glass Studio in 2006 and have been happily creating ever since.
Unknown to most individuals who do not dive, the underwater world is a vast array of glorious colors and shapes. We began to capture this beauty via underwater photography and then wanted to expand our artistic expression by using the almost unlimited color and texture of glass. Fused glass has allowed us to explore and develop not only the beauty of the underwater world but the wonders and richness of our everyday environment!
"But wait", you say, there are three of you in the picture. Yes, there are now three of us. Pam began apprenticing in our studio in 2008, and became a partner in 2009. She has brought her art major background to the studio with additional creative ideas. Pam is our land-based partner, as she chooses to not enter any body of water larger than a jacuzzi!! The three of us have very diverse styles in our artwork, thus providing an eclectic mix to you.
People often ask us how three individuals can combine talents and work as one mind to create beautiful glass pieces. After many years of working in the corporate world and putting creativity aside, we decided it was time to tap that creative spirit inside us. Our studio, in Tucson, Arizona, is a "happening place". You will always hear our laughter and our singing to good old rock n' roll! We constantly are challenging each other with new designs and concepts (you know, the old "well what if we did this instead?" or "what do you think would happen if we did this?". The results are not always what we imagined, but that's all part of the experience and fun. Our glass art displays this fun and creativity as you can see as you view our Fused Glass Artware section.
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