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Barbara Thomas-Yerace
734-717-1136 - Studio
4615 Backus Rd ~ Erie, PA 16510

                                         Photo credit:  John M. Galloway
​                                       Photo credit: Jeff Urraro
Wearing the "Glass Gown"
at the Smithsonian - Renwick
"The Fox Stole"
Glass beads, hardware clothe

Native American Fox totem:

"The fox is often associated with the figure of the trickster, but as a spirit animal, it can also turn into a teacher providing guidance on swiftly finding your way around obstacles. If you follow the fox totem wisdom, your maybe called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Responsive, sometimes cunning, this power animal is a great guide when you are facing tricky situations."

When I first tipped my blowpipe into hot glass back in 1980 at Carnegie-Mellon University, I ignited a passion for hot glass ever since. I have been privileged to study glass blowing and lamp working with outstanding instructors and fellow artists over the years. The mistakes I made and the new techniques I tried always lead me to my next step or new idea.  

Now, over thirty years into glass my passion has not cooled. Recently I have combined both blowing and lamp working processes. This project involves blowing vessel forms with a coil wrap and adorning these pieces with three pronged lamp worked beads. The beads allow the blown glass to reach beyond its defined boundaries . I view these beads as elements that repeat themselves , creating an elaborate design of texture and color . My goal is that both techniques enhance each other to create art that is both beautiful and intriguing .