Fluid Art Works
Kathy and Rory Chetelat
We have been married for over 30 years and have been creating a variety of art for more than 20 years. Together we have explored a variety of mediums including wood, wood turning, metal, concrete and glass. Our combined interests have always been in the three dimensional aspects of sculpture.
We first began to work in glass more than 15 years ago, working with stained glass. Even in this medium many of our pieces were dimensional sculptures. We both found that glass was the most challenging and least forgiving of any of the mediums we had experimented with, leading to further our desire to learn more and continue to work with glass. The success of the stained glass led us to look for more creative ways to utilize glass in a variety of art forms. The ideas for our art come for the world around us. We are often inspired by the shapes and colors of nature as well as the textures and designs of modern society.
The latest art is created over a period of days to weeks. Each piece of glass is cut and fit. The first firing in the kiln can reach temperature as high as 1700 F degrees. Then the glass is shaped again in the kiln to provide the texture and shapes. Then the challenge of assembling the pieces into the sculptural shapes begins. Integrating metal and wood into and around each glass object is done to create a unique creation that incorporates the different colors, shapes and textures of all the mediums we enjoy.