Kathleen Gavin is a glass artist and long-time summer resident of the Narragansett Bay area and Orleans. Originally working with stained glass design and the restoration of historic windows for over 25 years, Kathleen is now focused on the process of glass fusing. She has studied extensively with Bullseye Glass in Portland, Oregon.
In glass fusing, designs are cut, pieced and heated in a kiln to a liquid temperature. The glass is then cooled very slowly over an extended period of time, causing the pieces to “fuse” together. Glass can be returned to the kiln and heated again to a lower temperature, known as “slumping”. This allows for the bending of glass to occur. A finished fused and slumped piece has gone through many controlled temperature changes, allowing for a unique and beautiful effect upon completion.
Kathleen’s work in glass at the Orleans Artist Cottages is inspired by the beauty of the changing light, beaches and shoreline at Nauset.