Art Glass, Collage
Fused Glass, Collage, Jewelry:
As an artist, my core spirit keeps me creating, especially with glass. I have over 30 years practice in the medium and always try to mesh my training with original design ideas to keep my work unique and appealing to viewers. I look for beauty and self-reflection in my work. Although not usually large, my pieces carry a big punch with their composition, color application and content.
I use glass fusing techniques but do not commit to just one media. I use whatever material I find to make my point. I also employ new glass techniques I learn about and test. I apply them whenever they enhance the imagery. I usually attempt to show depth by adding materials like metal inclusions, paint layers, enamels, powders and relief pieces. I have applied this to glass platters and jewelry pendants that are one of a kind created with care and fine craftsmanship.
I always hope that my art speaks to people, whether from its attractiveness, technical level or controversy.
Kirk is an artist and art educator living on Long Island, NY. She has exhibited her work throughout her life, most abundantly in the last 15 years. Besides glass, she is proficient in other medias. Her jewelry, collage, drawing and photography work have been shown and bought throughout the tri state gallery circuit. Her visual influences have been from her travels, personal relationships and environmental issues. She creates her art from sketch to final product that is thoughtful and unique in their handmade qualities.
Post Master’s degree, she continued her studies in glass both in the US and abroad. Her work has garnered awards in gallery shows and she has enjoyed 6 solo exhibits.
Post retirement from art education, Kirk continues to teach glass as opportunities arise. Her instructor positions have been at her home studio, the Art League of L.I., BOCES Arts in Education, Bayard Cutting Arboretum and L.I. library workshops. Her enjoyment of teaching in the media she creates in always offers others the opportunity to appreciate the world of warm glass work!