artma Artists

Artist: Lois Rentz

I have always had a passion for glass. My love for this art started over 40 years ago with instruction in stained glass during high school, glass blowing in college, and fusing for the past eighteen years. My interest in this art medium has not slowed down. I grew up in Illinois, received a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a minor in Art at Illinois State University. I married, moved to Colorado in the early 80s, continued with a paralegal certificate and fully immersed myself into glass after raising our three children. Glass is fused using one of my three kilns located in my home studio. Temperatures for a full fuse might go as high as 1500 degrees, the whole process taking 8-15 hours which is determined by the thickness of the glass. Depending on the outcome desired, some pieces may be in the kiln two or three different times. There is rarely a day when one of my kilns are not running. There is something special about taking a flat sheet of glass, cutting it into various shapes, and programming a kiln to mold it into something new and interesting. I am currently having fun making my mid century modern panels, most featuring cats. I’m a member of the Glass Artists of Colorado and the Boulder County Arts Alliance. I’ve exhibited, sold items, and won awards at the Echters Glass Art Show, 40 West Gallery, and the Cheyenne Botanic Garden Show, among others. I currently have work at galleries in Lafayette, Central City and Lyons, Colorado.