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Martha Pfanschmidt

"As a child, I drew with crayons while my mother cooked dinner. I lost myself in the activity of drawing; it was my first experience of the infinite. In school, I loved making things: scratchboard drawings, linoleum block cards, clay figures in garish colors. Today, I continue to find much joy in the act of creation. As an artist, I am the alchemist, turning raw materials into beautiful objects. "

Martha Pfanschmidt lives in northwestern Washington State on five acres in the woods. There, she draws her inspiration from the images and colors of nature that surround her. Always happiest when outside, she loves to row, hike, bicycle, and garden. The colors and shapes she uses are all a reflection of her experience of being outdoors, seeing color, texture, and form in nature.

Pfanschmidt makes her kiln glass pieces in a unique way, layering imagery created with colored glass powders to craft artwork with depth and richness. Originally a painter and printmaker, her handling of kiln glass reflects her artistic background. Her colorful, multi-layered pieces are fired in a kiln many times to acquire their mysterious and lush qualities.

Pfanschmidt received her MFA from Vermont College. Early in her career, she worked in a group print studio and painted in egg tempera and encaustic in her studio at home. Later on, she discovered kiln glass through Bullseye Glass Company. The company invited her to do artist exchanges, which allowed her to experiment with glass powders, developing the style of work she continues to explore today.

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Dots Plate
Art Glass Serving Piece

$ 100
$ 80
Little Houses
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
X Marks the Spot
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
Two Suns
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
Purple Dream
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
Summer Garden
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
Swirls
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 500
$ 400
African Sunrise
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
$ 960
Sparkle
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 3,900
$ 3,120
Orange and Red Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 390
$ 312
Green and Blue Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 390
$ 312
Vanilla and Blue Plate
Art Glass Platter

$ 150
$ 120
Blue Flagstone Plate
Art Glass Platter

$ 150
$ 120
Black Abstract Serving Plates
Art Glass Serving Piece

$ 320
$ 256
Black Lines Plate
Art Glass Platter

$ 150
$ 120
What the Deer Saw VIII
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
What the Deer Saw XIII
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
What the Deer Saw IV
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
What the Deer Saw IX
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
What the Deer Saw III
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
What the Deer Saw XV
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
What the Deer Saw I
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
Blue Leaves Coasters
Art Glass Coasters

$ 95
$ 76
Red Leaves Coasters
Art Glass Coasters

$ 95
$ 76
Flagstones Plate
Art Glass Plate

$ 140
$ 112
Autumn Leaves Coasters
Art Glass Coasters

$ 95
$ 76
Color Play Plate
Art Glass Plate

$ 140
$ 112
White Rocks Plate
Art Glass Plate

$ 140
$ 112
Green Map Coasters
Art Glass Coasters

$ 95
$ 76
Four Small Abstract Dishes
Art Glass Serving Piece

$ 190
$ 152
What the Deer Saw XIV
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
Luminous
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

 
Water View
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

 
Cycles
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

 
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Expressions Northwest, Port Townsend, Washington, Northwind Art Center, 2014
Out of Darkness, Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, 2006
Contemporary Kiln Glass, Bloomington, Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2005
Facture: Artists at the Forefront of Painterly Glass, Portland Oregon and Emeryville California, Bullseye Glass Company, 2012
Collections
Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma, Washington, 2014
Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, Oregon, 2007