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Denver, CO

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Helen Rudy

Born in Liberia, West Africa to English and Welsh parents, Helen's varied childhood contributed to her early appreciation for design, color and texture. After growing up in a working Welsh pub, Helen became a Royal Chartered Surveyor, bringing her in contact with the ancient cities in the north of England. With her passion for travel, Helen could be found cycling between the remote religious forts in Bhutan and Tibet, trekking with Berber craftsmen in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco and exploring the visual elements of the Hmong weavers along the Chinese border of Vietnam. East Africa holds a special place in her heart; she met her husband cycling near Kilimanjaro. The bold and bright colors of the Serengeti and Masai figure prominently in her work. She moved to the US ten years ago and resides in Denver.

Helen's exploration of the medium of glass began with her move to the US. Upon visiting a friend's glass workshop, she was mesmerized by the myriad of possibilities of color, form, texture and light transmission possible in every combination of glass. An initial reaction to the bold and bright colorful designs is amazement, closely followed by the question ďAre those colors painted on?Ē The elements of color and design were only half of her interest, as fused/kiln glass requires a rigorous understanding of its technical properties. It is her construction background that lends itself well to understanding the technical complexities of melting and transforming glass. Ten years later, Helen's work has transformed from colorful practical pieces to chandeliers, tables as well as sculpture and installation art.

Helen focuses on kiln fused glass. The glass designs are constructed piece by piece, and then melted in a kiln to 1460F and above where it becomes liquid. After cooling and annealing a solid piece of glass has been made. The glass is often fired a second or third time to create 3d shapes. Sometimes the glass is layered like a cheese sandwich and melted together other times thin strips of glass are placed on edge like dominoes and fired together. Both techniques enable her to create strong bold designs and distinctive color placement. The designs are created to take the best advantage that light can bring to a piece. Often a pattern will change as you view it from different angles depending upon where the light comes through.

Helen's work is featured in some of the finest contemporary American glass galleries, including the Pismo Galleries, Pilabaum Gallery and the Denver Art Museum gallery. Her commissions include structural glass panels, light fixtures and glass furniture from clients in the US, Europe, South America and Australia. She was recently honored with a commission by the board of directors of the Denver Art Museum to create glass tributes honoring the museumís most significant benefactors.

Helen has studied at the Pilchuck School of Glass, studied with Milon Townsend and Lisa Voigt. These concentrated classes have helped her tremendously; essentially however, Helen has learnt her technique one disaster or beautiful miracle at a time. Her studio is small and well equipped. Helen collects the glass, cuts it, fires it and will spend hours outside with a wet diamond polisher or sandblasting a finish to complete the vision and masterpiece of glass.

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Glass Art Panel- Red galaxy

Glass Art Panel...

by Helen Rudy

$800.00

Table Lamp-Glace Design

Table Lamp-Glac...

by Helen Rudy

$1,400.00

Sentinel Panel- Opaque

Sentinel Panel-...

by Helen Rudy

$400.00

Sentinel Panel- Transparent

Sentinel Panel-...

by Helen Rudy

$400.00

Wave Panel

Wave Panel

by Helen Rudy

$950.00

Table Lamp- Carnival Design

Table Lamp- Car...

by Helen Rudy

$1,400.00

Large Carnival Bowl

Large Carnival ...

by Helen Rudy

$500.00

Red, Silver and Black Cosmo Coasters

Red, Silver and...

by Helen Rudy

$100.00

Large Red, Silver and Black Cosmo Bowl

Large Red, Silv...

by Helen Rudy

$350.00

Red, Silver and Black Cosmo Deep Bowl

Red, Silver and...

by Helen Rudy

$250.00

Red, Silver and Black Cosmo Platter

Red, Silver and...

by Helen Rudy

$200.00

Red, Silver and Black Cosmo Bowl

Red, Silver and...

by Helen Rudy

$180.00

Carnival Coasters

Carnival Coaste...

by Helen Rudy

$100.00

Carnival Platter

Carnival Platte...

by Helen Rudy

$250.00

Carnival Bowl

Carnival Bowl

by Helen Rudy

$200.00

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