Marie Cogar’s devotion to expanding her artistic range with fused glass is evident in the beautiful fused glass art that she creates. The tools and materials in the studio and gallery reflect her dedication to detail and precision, and the energy in Marie’s life. Her pieces seem to capture Marie’s approach to life, as an opportunity to learn and experiment with a variety of glass techniques. It’s not surprising to learn that Marie is not only a visual artist but is also a musician.
Not all glass has the same COE (Coefficient of Expansion), therefore the same type of glass can only be fused together. Marie uses Oceanside 96 glass which comes in transparent, opaque, iridescent and dichroic sheets to name a few. Fused glass pieces start with flat glass in sheets, which must be cut and then fired in a kiln. It is important to note that to fuse glass pieces there must be at least two layers of glass. Some of Marie’s glass pieces are free formed, while others are given a form by firing a second time using a mold. Her fused glass art is both daily functional and decorative. The variety and versatility of the medium is inspiring.