Today we’d like to introduce you to Verne Orlosk.
Verne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
A fine arts degree brought ‘what I was good at’ into perspective. I entered the graphic design/advertising field as an option for starting a career. The path of marrying and having children led to a place where I was convinced as long as I was doing something creative, I could sustain my art interests. I invested time in art enrichment in school programs, volunteered at museums and maintained a household full of art materials – with the exception of glitter!
As an art instructor, I was able to teach all the fine art mediums, offer encouragement for drawing skills and guidance to portfolio students. I found a world of exceptional color and light in a class I took for myself in fused glass. The challenge, after my second class, was to begin teaching others and myself the multiple techniques that make fused glass so versatile. After fourteen years of teaching and running a program with the addition of a small studio, I branched out to a full studio of my own.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It is difficult to bring awareness to a medium that is not as familiar as stained glass or blown glass in a traditional New England culture. I enjoy bringing an admiration and understanding of fused glass to those who are curious, along with sharing an appreciation for all art. It allows me to push the boundaries of fine art with fused glass. The best part about being an artist is the inner confidence that keeps you challenged and not attached to rejection.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Studioverne Fine Art Fused Glass – what should we know?
Studioverne Fine Art Fused Glass is my gallery, working studio and is also set up for workshops. This combination, as well as being in a storefront street location helps me to be as available as possible to continue to share all aspects of my passion. I work consistently with an ocean-themed sensibility. I have been known to relinquish workshop projects that I designed, to the creative process and imagination of the student. It actually pertains to the motto I work by – “I dislike the restrictive ‘ifs’ when designing for a kiln process, but relish in the ‘what ifs’ in pushing the vision forward.”
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
An overall family support system has been powerful. A former student and now a long-term friend is a lovely addition to my studio. As an artist, support can feel sporadic. It’s not always a full understanding from my perspective, but I cherish any interest that brings about another level of learning. Muses and mentors are everywhere.
- Workshops range from $65. (for a two-hour session and finished piece) to $150. or more for a longer intensive instruction.
- Address: 81 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03101
- Website: www.studioverne.com
- Phone: 603.490.4321
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: vglassy_studioverne
- Facebook: Studio Verne: Fused Glass Artist