Today’s interview is with Sherry Brown out of Texas.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background?
My name Sherry Brown. I am from Texas. I have a husband of 27 years, 3 children and 2 granddaughters.
What type of work do you normally do?
I etch glass with a Dremel Rotary Tool.
How do you work? The process, the tools, the ideas, etc.
I use a Dremel 4000, a Flexshaft attachment and various bits. I etch on extra thick glass. In my area, it’s called Hail Glass.
I first get the picture printed the right size to fit the glass. Look at all the colors and shading carefully. I etch the brightest color first and change the tips to do up to 4 shades.
What got you into doing this?
I started by accident really. I got the Dremel for Christmas and intended to use it for woodworking. I read in the Owner’s manual that one of the bits was for etching. So I found an old frame that I had and etched a giraffe. I thought it was good so I etched my son’s dog. I asked my, then, 3 year old granddaughter who it was and she said his name without hesitation. I figured that etching was good, if the toughest critic passed it. A friend came over a few days later. A swan etching, I had done that day, was on the table and he asked to buy it. So, my business, Granny’s Grazed Glass was started.
When did you start making your art?
I started in January 2017.
Why do you make what you do?
I think that it is beautiful and unique and people seem to like it.
Do you care to tell me about a recent project, or what you’re currently working on?
Most recently, I made 3 sets of 12, 3 1/2″, round, glass ornaments. Each one etched with a different day, from The 12 Days of Christmas song.
What is your proudest accomplishment or most signature piece?
It was an X-Men comic book cover on 36×28 in. glass. I bought the comic. Took it to a printing company and had them blow up the cover to the size I needed to fit the glass. It took several days to complete. It was a commissioned piece for someone in L.A.
Do you have a favorite artwork that you’ve done?
A circus carousel that I made from a light fixture with a beveled glass shade.
Do you have a favorite artwork that someone else did?
Van Gogh’s The Starry Night
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
The Dremel Rotary Tool and it’s attachments.
Why this kind of art?
I used to draw and paint. I painted glass Christmas tree ornaments, mostly. I have Lupus and it started to affect my hands. I can no longer control a paintbrush or a pencil. Holding something that small makes my fingers cramp and twitch. The Flexshaft is larger than a big magic marker and large enough that I can hold and control it, on most days.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Wear a mask.
Finally, what’s an important lesson you have learned while making your art that you’d like to pass along to others?
Everyone has some kind of gift to give to the world. Cooking, building, game programming, sewing, art. You just have to try new things until you figure out what it is.
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All the best,