Location: Chilliwack, BC
Member Since: 1984
Diane Paterson was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her lifelong fascination with glass began in 1977 following her university studies and several years of teaching, when she opened Glassworks Stained Glass Studio, the first of its kind in Saskatchewan.
Diane studied fusing at the Pilchuk Glass School in Stanwood, Washington in 1979, and this became the focus of her work when she moved to B.C. in 1984.
Fused glass originated in Egypt in 2000 BC where sophisticated chemists created coloured glass art pieces for the Pharaohs. Starting from a drawing, pieces of glass are cut to shape and transferred to a kiln where they are slowly fired to a temperature of 1550°F when the glass becomes molten and fuses together. The lid of the kiln is then opened to quickly lower the temperature to 1100°F, allowing the glass to anneal for thirty minutes in order to strengthen it before it is cooled to room temperature.
Fused glass can be washed gently in a solution of equal parts warm water and vinegar with a little dishwashing liquid. Washing may not be advisable where there is fishing line, glitter, rhinestones or metal components. Wind chimes must be hung away from anything that they could blow against, and should be hung in an area that receives gentle breezes.
“I am totally mesmerized by coloured glass when light shines brightly through it. The reason for this “madness” goes back to early childhood, when my father, in order to get me to sleep, would bundle me up and drive downtown to show me all the bright neon lights! Little did he know his hopes that I'd become a doctor were totally dashed by memories of neon lights. Working in solitude and silence, with the companionship of my five cats, I am so very thankful to be able to create in a medium that I still love and am excited by!”