Redland Bay based artist, Wendy Arnett, has been improving her skills with glass fusing for the last 7 years. Glass is not the easiest medium to work with, but Wendy is fascinated by colour, shape and design and loves the creative challenge glass presents. After taking a glass fusing course on the Atherton Tablelands, she was hooked. The reward is the stimulation, the problem solving and the wonderful feeling that comes with creating a thing of beauty. As much as she loves her glass, she also loves her British manufactured Kiln. Imported from Stoke on Trent, England, the kiln is powered by quartz tube infra-red light which reaches an astonishing 900 degrees.
During Covid lockdowns and when the American glass she uses was hard to get, Wendy turned her attentions to painting in acrylics. Although she has not been painting seriously for long, she has produced some noteworthy work that has been accepted into limited exhibitions such as Artists of the North held in Far North Queensland.
Wendy says that she loves the evolution of a piece. Whether it’s glass or paint, it’s as if her pieces have their own direction and that she is just the conduit. She says that she is constantly surprised, mostly delighted and sometimes disappointed at the end result. She says, “MY ART IS A JOURNEY AND I’M LOVING THE RIDE.”