“Building a beautiful family of colors and a balanced design in fused glass seems to be my mission these days. I am very interested in the line quality and detail, how the glass moves, and how to draw with these elements in the design process. If I have done my job right, the luminosity and detail pull you in and offer a deeply satisfying visceral experience. The panels bring color and light into a room and are enlivening and joyful.”
Numerous works have been commissioned and are on display in hospitals and Cancer treatment centers as well as private residences across the country; as organic design and nature inspired work has been found to aid in physical and emotional wellbeing.
Latimer’s fused glass panels are created using multiple layers of colored glass. Layering is used to build a rich and subtle palette of color, where the pieces cross over and under one another, and an intricate rhythm of line and pattern. The pieces are interwoven and positioned into a complex three-dimensional composition, very crisp and architectural in appearance and then fused in a special glass kiln.
The high heat softens and moves the design into position. When the glass has cooled, the edges are carefully finished by cold-working on a wet belt sander taller than I am. Some pieces include patterns carved by sandblasting. The deep marks catch light and cast shadow and create a rich textured surface. The finished glass panels are displayed on custom stands, wall brackets or suspended by fine cable and machined fittings.
Lynn Latimer graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1975 with a BFA in Painting. She began working with glass at RISD as an independent study, exploring stained glass under the guidance of Dale Chihuly. Chris VanAllsberg, introduced Lynn to sandblasting glass, which continues to be an important element. Lynn started Latimer Glass Studio in 1976 and has been working with glass full time up too the present.