Hi there, my name is Jill Beard and I create fun and functional, fused glass art.
My artistic journey started in a very different medium than the one I currently use. I was a wedding and fine art photographer for many years before glass drew my interest. The first glass medium I was drawn to was mosaic. The intricacies of the pictures that can be created through pieces of cut glass fascinated me.
A few years later, I decided to take a fused glass class at the Glass Act which is a local glass shop in Virginia Beach. Much like mosaic, we were cutting pieces of glass to form a complete picture, but these pieces presented an opportunity to make functional art. After the first class, I was hooked and, a month later, I purchased my first kiln. My husband always likes to joke that I kicked him out of the garage and took over, which is not untrue. I studied different glass techniques and found that fused glass allowed me to express the things that had fascinated me in photography.
I hope you enjoy my art as much as I did while making it. Each piece is unique and no two pieces fire exactly the same.
I do participate in local and out of state art shows; my events tab will tell you where I will be throughout the year and I encourage you to stop by and talk with me. I am in the process of procuring a studio space to be able to host classes in fused glass.