Marti Blair, Artista San Diego, California
Glass arts have been my passion since the early 1970’s when I first began to work with stained glass while pursuing my degree in art at University of Alabama. Moving to San Diego in 1974, I followed this passion for glass working in glass studios and opening my own designer stained glass business in the burgeoning Gas Lamp Quarter in the late 1970’s. But it was a serendipitous meeting with Boyce Lundstrom of Bullseye Glass at the 1980 Portcon Glass Conference that opened me to the then new and always fascinating process of glass fusing. Together we opened a teaching facility and retail glass shop as a research and development project for Bullseye’s fast moving foray into the world of compatible glass fusing. Today Bullseye Glass is the international leader in the art form and continues to push boundaries in glass via their education programs and residencies at their Resource Centers in Portland, OR, Santa Fe, NM, Emeryville, CA and Mamaroneck, NY
It was the network of Bullseye that introduced me to Janet Thomas in Denver, Colorado (Founder of the Glass Artists Fellowship) in 1981 and put me on the path to becoming a founder and developer of what became the Art Glass Association of Southern California. We achieved non-profit status as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1983 dedicated to educating the public about glass arts. The AGASC, www.agasc.org continues to grow and thrive. Today, the friendships and community that AGASC has become are integral to my personal development as an artist and I am eternally grateful for all that it has meant to me.
My personal journey with art and glass has entered a new phase, and I am exploring new techniques and opening my life to art full time.