I have only been fusing glass for about two years now and am a self-taught artist, besides the fine arts classes I took in high school. My husband Rich and his father used to have a custom stained glass window & door company in Santa Clara, CA, so one day he offered to teach me stained glass. I am just in love with the process and that I can incorporate all the different crafts I have learned over the years into this hobby.
In an idea to recycle I started making decorated dog backpacks out of thrift shop cargo shorts, and learned to build a website. I had also began beading and began making decorative dog collars. My husband signed us up for a fused glass lesson at Ocean Sky Beads & Glass in Oceanside, CA. I was so taken by it, that I asked him for a kiln for Christmas. From there I started making more western style jewelery and changed our website name to http://www.GiddyUpCowgirl.com from Pugpockets .
Discovering or making up new techniques inspires me the most, but I am also inspired by horses, animals, the sea and Southwestern culture and style.
I grew up in Imperial Beach, CA, which is a border town to Mexico. I used to body surf at the beach in the summer, and ride horses to the Border Field State Park and beach all year round. I love Native American Indian art and silver jewelry. I also have Central American Indian, and African-American heritage.
Besides my horses and motorcycle, my other hobbies include painting, scrapbooking, oven bakeable clay work, wood burning, and making handmade paper. Because of the myriad of products available at Delphi, I have been able to purchase products that I am familiar working with, like glassline pens, fusible paper and glasclay. It makes me feel right at home with this new craft!
Sincerely, Michelle Rodriquez