- Brandt Foster
Aviva Brandt Foster is a fused glass artist based in Bala Cynwyd, PA. After 20 years in journalism, she now divides her time between family and running the family art business, Foster’s Beauties. Aviva translated her love affair with color and texture from making fiber art to working with fused and flameworked glass in 2012. She combines kiln-formed and flame-formed glass to make one-of-a-kind, functional art.
I turned to art as a form of therapy and self-expression when chronic illness limited my life. Glass has the ability to go into the flame or the kiln and heal itself, and working with glass has a similar healing power for me. When I am mesmerized by molten glass on my torch or finding the perfect colors, patterns and textures for a fused piece, it distracts from pain and brings only pleasure (despite the burns and cuts that go hand-in-hand with working with glass!). The techniques I use range from lampwork to powder printing, and I take particular pleasure in creating whimsical magnets, garden stakes and suncatchers.
Recently, I’ve been enjoying the simple elegance of monochromatic pieces, the purity of black-on-white and white-on-black. My most popular pieces involve abstract floral designs with flameworked components that I make on my torch. Those pieces can be tricky because the torched components don’t always survive going through the kiln, sometimes ruining a piece that has already had many hours of time invested.