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posted on 10:20 AM, October 10, 2016
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Tell us about yourself!
With over 20 years in the photography business shooting everything from superstars to death row inmates, charming cobras and hanging out of helicopters to get the right shot, it seemed putting my hands in a 1,200 degree kiln filled with melting glass was the logical next step.

What draws you to the material you work with?
My new glass pieces are made using: original photography; digitally printed and kiln-fired minerals; multiple layers of Bullseye transparent and translucent sheet glass, and finely ground glass. Combining the two mediums, as I have done, communicates a message in a manner unavailable in each medium on its own. Working with layers of low-fired frit, I can recreate the dimensional light in the image in much the same way I see it just before I press the shutter on the camera.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
Challenging political and social ideas about how we are perceived and how we view each other is at the core of my recent work.

What is your dream project?
Provide a means for every child to experience the joys and benefits art can bring to their lives.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Architect or funambulist.

What's something about you that most people don't know?
Warren Beatty kissed me on the set of his movie "Reds." AND, I have two extra ribs.

Why are you a member of GAS?
In addition to the educational opportunities, GAS offers a gateway to viewing the best glass being created around the world today and, at the same time, provides a stage for established and emerging glass artists.

Visit Rhoda Baer's GAS member profile here.

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