Barbara A Ball

Media: Glass

733 Bresslyn Road Nashville, TN 37205

I design and produce sandblasted glass for doors, windows, mirrors, ornaments and suncatchers, and multilayer framed pieces. I'm inspired by nature, and by dreams, ancient symbols, quilt patterns, words that have stuck in my head, and a lifetime of drawing. I work with clients to create works of art in glass that match their own visions for their homes or offices, with images and words that are important to them.

As far back as I can remember, I had a pencil in my hand and drew whatever I saw or imagined. Later, I added a camera and still later, a mouse. The process of sandblasting glass still starts with a pencil drawing or a photograph. Sometimes, I hand-cut masks directly from a drawing. More often now, I bring the drawing or photo into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to create detailed, high-contrast black and white images on my computer. I print those on film and then on photo-resist mask material, which is applied to the glass. The process of seeing, drawing and making pictures is playful and experimental; the process of creating masks involves much craftsmanship and attention to detail.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in visual design and illustration, and have worked for many years as a freelance illustrator, which has given me the discipline of constant drawing. Illustration translates words into pictures, and my work in glass frees me from being tied to words. Drawing and photography classes have taught me to observe intently, and Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and typography classes have increased my technical skills.

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