Spiral Gallery exhibit spotlights fused glass
Phyllis Flury's latest show offers a window into what she's been working on during the pandemic.
"The View From Here" features fused-glass windows, lanterns, vases and plates. Flury created many of the pieces during the past eight months.
The show will be featured in the gallery at 341 S. Broadway St. through the end of May.
Flury's favorite piece is one called "African Ladies."
She based it on the work of a painter friend, who creates similar pieces.
"I asked her if I could use her work for inspiration. They're so joyful and playful. It's all in the arm movement," she said. "I like seeing the diversity, and appreciating it."
Fused glass involves combining layers of glass together in a kiln. Her larger window pieces remain in the kiln for around 36 hours.
There are multiple elements of her work in "The View From Here" that Flury appreciates.
"A lot of (the pieces in this show) have a different color scheme than I normally use. They're more primary colors," she said.
On Monday, May 3, Flury set up the show with her son, daughter-in-law and several other gallery members.
"That was a lot of fun," she said. "I came into the gallery for the first time when the show was set up and signed up on the calendar for my next show."
Flury has been working with fused glass for almost 20 years.
"I had an instructor say 'come use a kiln,' and I've never looked back," she said. "I love the reactions of colors with glass. If there are different minerals with the glass, it will change the shade of the color. I like to play with it to get the effects I want."
Prior to switching to fused glass, Flury worked with stained glass but ultimately prefers her new medium.
"You can play more, and have more fun," she said.
If you go
What: "The View from Here" fused-glass exhibit
When: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays
Where: The Spiral Gallery, 341 S. Broadway St., Estacada
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