Martine Warren

When I first began fusing glass, I strove for dominance over the medium. Each piece was precisely measured and meticulously cut out according to a planned design. I was frustrated when, under the intense heat of the fusing process, the glass would change shape and colour in ways that were unpredictable and impossible to control. I have come to recognize beauty in the unexpected; to respect the glass and appreciate the irregularities introduced during fusing process. I have grown bolder in my exploration of different compositions and welcome the unpredictability of my method of work.

Often it is the glass itself that inspires me. A particular section of virgin, unfused glass will captivate me and I will build a piece around it. Different aspects draw me in: the texture of the glass; the combination of colours or the particular shape of the whorls. Exploring the endless variants afforded to me by the simple rectilinear layout I use continues to motivate me.

When setting up a plate I like to play with different combinations. I overlay cool and warm colours; opaque and transparent glass and simple colours with patterned glass. I cut and overlay the glass to make a composition that I find balanced, attractive and compelling. Each piece is fused to approximately 800 degrees Celsius, slowly annealed for strength and slumped into its chosen mould. I take immense pleasure in opening the kiln each time I create a new piece.

Martine Warren was born in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada in 1979. She graduated with an Honours Chemistry degree in 2003 and since 2004 has worked for the Bank of Canada on the research, development and design of Canadian currency. Martine has worked with fused glass since 2008.