My name is Tammy Stuart and I was born into a military family in 1966. Although my family was transferred to Hawaii and then New York, I was born in Virginia and have lived here for almost all of my life—it is where I started my life journey with my husband and our three daughters. Art runs through the veins of my family in different mediums from my grandfather being a musician who played with big bands in the 40s and 50s, to my mother being very musically inclined with the piano and organ, and my father creating cakes and being a talented wood craftsman.
My glass crafting began in 1987. I saw an add in the newspaper that stated a factory was looking for people wanting to learn how to blow glass. Once trained for a full year I was placed “on the floor””. I was trained to do the technique of “lampworking” using clear boro glass under some fantastic artists. In training, all apprentices, were taught how to create both stitch work and solid. It was at this job that I honed my talent in hot glass for 9 years.
In 1996 I left to become a mom to our first born. While being a stay at home mom I worked out of my garage creating glass for friends, family, and small businesses. I continued working from the garage until about 2010, when my husband completed my glass blowing studio/shop. I am equipped with 5 stations for torches. It is here where I began my journey in colored glass, and brought my creations to a whole new dimension.
While my degree of talent is strong enough to make an array of fine art pieces, I really enjoy crafting pieces in the nautical genre. But what I love most is when someone requests something I have never done before. That is how almost every one of my most artistic works has been created.
Everything I design is through many hours, day and weeks of trial and error followed by a moment of victory. It is that moment of success that gets me through to the next sculpture. When I create it is personal to me, not allowing any figurine/sculpture to leave my studio without complete satisfaction in what I have made. Everything I have created has come from the depths of my heart, mind and soul, and is a work of passion designed to be a one of a kind hand craft for you.
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