art glass design

Barbara Westfall
I create art because I love to. I make art one piece at a time, giving each my full attention and care. I start out with an idea, a drawing and end up with a finely crafted object.

My mother taught me art is beautiful, necessary and encouraged my creativity. My father was a design builder in the Chicago area. I grew up with blueprints on the dining room table, seeing people make things by hand and the belief that everything is renewable and capable of transformation.

A long time ago, I gave up a career in banking and traded it for two degrees in art. I trained with inspiring faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of the nation's first university-based studio program in art glass. I earned a BFA and MFA and served the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as assistant professor of art through 2014.

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  • Tomah Hospital - 4 Up, Seasons
  • Coastal Flora Triptych
  • Garden Arat Collection

I am a full time professional artist now and work primarily in glass, metal and wood. Every shape, form, color and texture found in my glass starts out with sheet glass that is hand-cut into small and large pieces and then layered and stacked to create designs that tell a story about the world around me. The layered glass is placed in a kiln and fired to temperatures up to 1490°F. I love glass because it reflects and transmits light. Once I began working with it, I immediately fell in love and have not found another media that captures my attention more.

DEMONSTRATION: I will be demonstrating, designing and cutting glass and the process of kiln forming glass.

STUDIO ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible in both gallery and studio.

Credit Cards are accepted by this artist.

Barbara Westfall
8328 Swan Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 | 608-843-7515 | | |