Shelly Heiss

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For  most of my life I have been exploring ways to express myself  artistically.  My training and experience include watercolors, oils,  acrylics and pen and ink, to name a few.  


I have been creating with  glass for over 21 years, but it wasn’t until late 2019 that I bought my  first kiln and began glass fusing.  My drop-out vessels are created with  a multi-step process that takes several days from start to finish.  


The  term “drop-out” refers to the glass dropping through a mold that has a  hole in the center. As the glass “drops”, it stretches and gets  thinner, causing beautiful, unique patterns and transparencies that resemble hand blown glass.  It is then finished with grinding equipment  and hand sanders.  The soft, matte finish is created by sandblasting the  vessel and hand polishing it with a special glass sealer.


My studio overlooks the beautiful Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.