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Episode #6: Fusing and Fennel

Art and Home Decor Fused Bowl

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Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #6: Fusing and Fennel

Welcome to episode #6 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

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Learn about working with warm glass by listening as Gallery’s Choice artists discuss glass fusing basics and how to get started! You’ll hear about glass, kilns and projects that will help you plan your exploration of kiln-formed glass.

Show Notes:

Art and Home Decor Fused Bowl Episode #6: Fusing and Fennel

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…

Working in glass as an artist for over 20 years, the intoxicating effects of glass medium is not missed by me.  Color light, texture – it’s all there.  And even if you have worked with mosaic or stained glass art before, you know there’s more to it.  Visit a local museum and it is hard to miss the sculptural glass pieces.  Or walk through an art fair during the summer – it’s hard not to be drawn to a table of sparkling glass jewelry. If you ever wondered “How do they do it?” or are wondering how you might start to incorporate fusing into your own art repertoire, keep listening.  Today, we are going to take the next step by exploring the warm and wonderful world of glass fusing, as seen through the eyes of our very own kiln master!

In today’s podcast we will give you an understanding of the difference between cold, warm and hot glass. 

We’ll talk about what kinds of projects you can make by fusing glass.

And we will share what you will need to get started.

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Rose Jarecki’s first fused glass plate.

Everyone starts somewhere, and artists Bill and Rose Jarecki have Hands On Art in Door County WI to thank for their first fusing experience! Carrying on what they learned, Gallery’s Choice offers a complete line of get you started classes in fusing, kiln-forming, frit casting and other warm glass techniques.

Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!


Veggie of the Week: Fennel

Fennel Bulb
Core the fennel before slicing
GC Lavender Fennel Sweet Onion Saute
Add GC Culinary Lavender to complement the fennel saute!

Beeswax for Hardworking Hands!


This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
The Mini Vandals

1 Comment

  1. Lyndi Sue Hofstra says

    Although culinary arts are not my forte it’s fun to read about yours and your blogs!

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