If you want to turn heat and color and inspiration into something really cool that hangs on the wall or around your neck, you do what Linda Hoschler did and learn the art of glass. Since 1999 Linda has been mastering her art with classes and experimentation. She began selling her work in 2003 and has since then shown all over California from Tahoe to the Silicon Valley.
Linda’s specialty is fused glass but she doesn’t limit her scope of work and creates both decorative and functional pieces in various styles. Her beautiful creations might hang on the wall, be displayed on a table, worn as jewelry, or utilized as platters, bowls and vases. She will be bringing a variety of her work to the Art & Brew event taking place April 26, 2014 at the Roseville Brewing Company located at 501 Derek Place, Roseville, CA from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Art & Brew visitors can anticipate seeing Linda Hoschler jewelry, candle lights, sculptures, bowls, small framed pieces and more.
Hoschler’s wall art includes fritography, glass collage and woven glass. Her jewelry is typically made with layers of dichroic glass and iridescent glass and incorporating kumihimo bead braids. The best way to appreciate these techniques is to see her inspiration in person as it comes to life in her art.
This glass artist has allowed herself to express and explore her creativity while being inspired by colorful flowers, the calm of nature and the “way light can transmit and reflect with glass.” Her approach is impressionistic and natural but also scientific. The art of glass requires understanding “interactions of color, intense heat, light, shape, texture, chemical reactions and inclusions.” The qualities and nature of glass and what can be done with it fascinate her and that fascination has led to some amazing creations. And, because she loves learning and experimenting her work is continually evolving.
Mrs. Linda, as her students call her, also teaches The Science of Glass in project-based learning formats to youth throughout the Sacramento region. She has been teaching arts and crafts in informal classroom settings for over 25 years. Perhaps her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development/Nutrition has helped to make her a good teacher but her obvious passion and love for glass, fine art, and crafts has made her an exceptionally excellent guide for many. Love for what you do transmits inspiration and Linda’s enthusiasm leads to two major results – wonderful glass artworks and happy students!
Some of her proudest moments arise from “sharing glass art with the next generation of artists.” She has taught START students to make necklaces, bowls and sun catchers while learning about the color wheel, periodic elements and the colors of glass.”
The Art & Brew event is also a benefit for the Placer SPCA. The Hoschler family loves animals and they are a “cat, chicken, turtle, fish and Koi family.” Many of the family cats have been adopted from the Placer SPCA with current feline family members being Gandalf and Arwen. The Funny Bones Placer SPCA fundraiser has also been a recipient of some of her donated glassworks.
Since her pieces are truly one of a kind and unique, one of the most challenging aspects of working with glass is when customers ask her to recreate something. Among her other challenges are not having enough time “to do it all” because there are so many ideas and experiments she wants to try. Making glass grapes is also not one of her favorite tasks.
On the other hand, the fun and reward in working with glass has many high notes. Among her favorite moments are being able to finally open the kiln and see the creations. After firing up to 1535 degrees, the kiln can take some time to cool and be ready to open and when that time arrives it’s an exciting final step in the long process of creating glass artworks.
Talking with glass art fans about the science of glass is also something Linda relishes. The process of making glass art can take 10 to 12 steps with multiple kiln firings and from 10 to 18 hours per firing. Explaining the process is fun for her and sits side by side with the joy of experimenting with chemical reactions between glass containing copper, lead and zinc. She’s apparently also an enthusiast for using power tools in glasswork like the wet belt sander, saw, dremel and grinder.
You can meet Linda Hoschler and enjoy some of her glass art at the upcoming Art & Brew. She will also be showing her works at the following functions:
- Date Night - Art, sweets and wine! A MOM's Club fundraiser, Fri Apr 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Gallery iQ.
- Art on exhibit: Gallery iQ through June 5 & Granite Bay Library through May 28.
- Food Truck Mania 4th Thurs. of each month, Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Foothill Farmer's Market May 22 - Sept 4. Thursdays 8:00 a.m 1:00 p.m.. Finn Hall, Rocklin
- Autumn Art Studios Tour Nov 7- 9 at Finn Hall, Rocklin.