My name is Rosemary Cheslock and I work with glass. Taking rods of glass and melting it with a torch is mesmerizing...the melting glass, the reaction of the color in the flame and the various shapes that are formed. Each piece is unique, different and a tiny work of art. Once they anneal in a kiln and cool overnight, I am like a child on Christmas morning waiting to see what the kiln gods have given me.
My love for glass started in 1999 when I learned how to cut glass to make mosiac patio stones for my garden. After that, I learned how to solder and began making stained glass windows for family and friends. Because I love jewelry, I thought I would try making glass beads. One thing led to another and I have been making Lampwork Glass Beads since 2003. Most recently, my interests turned to enameling when Ann Havel taught a workshop at Julie’s studio a few years ago. Enamel is powdered glass, so it made sense for me to add enamel to my designs. I have been teaching beginner torch fired enameling almost a year at Studio JSD and loving every minute of it.
I have won best in the Jewelry category in 2013 and 2014 at the Rockford Art in the Park show and in 2018 won Best of Show. I am a juried member of the Rogue River Artists Association and live in Grand Rapids. I have two married children with 4 grandkids.