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Location:
Lafayette
Medium:
Fused Glass
FEATURED WORK
Deb Achgill

“It is great to be part of this organization and to represent Indiana,” said the artist whose work has been representing the Hoosier State since it was first used as gifts by that Indiana delegation years ago.

Deb Achgill said she always liked working with glass, but a full time job kept her busy until the day she visited an artist co-op, saw some fused glass work, asked some questions, and got the bug – the fused glass bug, that is.

“I took one class and started ordering fusible glass,” the Lafayette-based artist said. “The next step was to get a kiln to start fusing my own items,” and she quickly checked that off her list. Not long after, an Indiana delegation was going overseas to build a business relationship, and Deb was asked for handmade glassware that would be used as gifts.

“It really makes me happy when people tell me they enjoy my items or that they received a piece of my glass as a gift,” she said, looking back on a glass career of more than a decade. When she started, she said she took on some stained glass projects. There are many genres of glass work, and Deb quickly focused on fused glass.

“I love to see what happens when you fuse or slump the glass,” she said. “There are times when the project does not go the way I want, but other times it turns out so much better.” Fused glass work allows Deb to experiment with new colors of glass and to make a wide variety of functional items, and she says that’s the part of this genre she enjoys most.

“Every piece of my work is cut and placed in the kiln by hand,” she said. “I love to tell people how the items are made and the time it takes to make the pieces.” Having grown up on an Indiana farm, Deb has a patience for, and a willingness to take on, hard work. “I do the best job I can, and I create a quality product. That’s how I was raised,” she said.

And that’s why she was recognized by the State as an Indiana Artisan. “I wanted to apply to Indiana Artisan because I knew other artists who were part of the organization,” she said, “and I was thrilled to have my work accepted. It shows that it is appreciated, and I am very proud to be an Indiana Artisan. It is great to be part of this organization and to represent Indiana,” said the artist whose work has been representing the Hoosier State since it was first used as gifts by that Indiana delegation years ago.