Linda mixes stained and fused glass with metals, wood, ceramic and natural elements to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Her popular transoms and room dividers start with the process of "weaving" the glass between layers to create movement and a floating effect. Once the design is complete the glass is glued in place and the curing time begins, which may take up to several weeks, depending on the size. These designs are either requested by a client or are Linda's inspiration.
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Patrick Mullen has had a love affair with glass most of his life. Born in Ohio, Patrick came to California in the mid 70’s and started his glass career with the art of stained glass. Looking for a more unique and creative style to add to his stained glass pieces, Patrick began to explore the world of hot glass. Eventually, he became hooked on the spontaneous and immediate nature of hot glass, and began to study glass at San Jose State University.
Since 1995 when he moved to Sacramento to open his own studio-Fire River Art Glass, his work has grown in scale as well as quality and his use of traditional forms and colors is well supported by his meticulous execution and an insistence on using only the highest quality raw materials. For the past two years, Patrick has moved away from production work and has been developing a unique and exciting series of art glass.
His work has been recognized in numerous juried shows and can be found in many respected galleries throughout the United States.
Patrick has taught many workshops in contemporary glass techniques, including one month-long workshop in the Hawaiian Islands. In 2008, Patrick joined forces with Linnea Wong to create a companion glass teaching studio in conjunction with Fire River Art Glass in West Sacramento, Design with Fire. Patrick is teaching beginning glass blowing workshops at his own studio - Fire River Art Glass, three times a month.
Linnea Wong lights up her torch, adjusts her safety glasses, and aims the flaming torch at the end of a long, slender glass rod. Soon, a bead of liquid glass forms. Wong deftly inserts a thin metal rod through the middle of the molten glass. This is the beginning of a unique, handcrafted glass bead. She adds thin layers and tiny dots of colored liquid glass. The colors begin to emerge. The bead is finished and placed in a kiln to cool slowly so that it won’t crack when exposed to the cool air of her studio.
This tiny bead is a small sample of Wong’s art glass magic. Wong’s glass creations include jewelry, functional pieces and sculpture. She also is versatile in ceramics, jewelry-making, metal working, furniture design and graphic design. Her glass works range from dark, luminous fused glass plates with swirling inner light, to peaceful, nature oriented glass “paintings.” Wong’s strongest designs are graceful and confident with Asian influence. Since graduating from the California College of Arts in Oakland, CA, Wong has worked primarily as a free-lance graphic designer. At CCA she majored in graphic design and minored in ceramics.
Wong arrived in Davis in November 1996. Her work has become more sophisticated, simpler in many ways. Currently she is returning to the clean Scandinavian lines of her heritage.
Linnea’s studio is Design in West Sacramento. Wong’s work can be found in many respected galleries throughout the United States. In 2008, Linnea Wong and Patrick Mullen, joined together to create a full spectrum glass studio – Design with Fire in West Sacramento. They combined forces to teach, practice and explore the wonderful world of glass. Drawn together by a love of glass in many forms, they want to help you explore glass, metal, and various mixed media. Linnea teaches numerous glass and jewelry classes at this spacious facility. Wong also teaches beginning and advanced bead making, and murini at the UCD Craft Center. Wong also assists Patrick Mullen at Fire River Art Glass in West Sacramento teaching glass blowing. Three day blowing seminars are currently available.
Contact Linnea at firstname.lastname@example.org for classes at her studio-Design with Fire, UCD Craft Center or Fire River Glass.