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Chalk Hill woman transforms little pieces of glass into unusual works

MARILYN FORBES I for the tribune-review Artist Charlene Stock’s work will be featured at the Fayette County Courthouse through the month of January

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Using little bits of glass and large doses of imagination, Charlene Stock of Chalk Hill has been creating wonderful works of art for the past several years, taking her time to design each of her unique pieces.

Stock will be the January Artist of the Month and several of her colorful pieces will be featured in the Law Library in the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown.

“I started doing this about eight years ago,” Stock said of the art, working with glass pieces in stained glass, mosaic and fused glass works. “I took a class at Youghiogheny Glass in Connellsville at first to see if I liked it.”

Stock, who has a lifelong passion for art, found the glass art to not only be interesting, but something that she really enjoyed.

“It's a lot of fun doing it,” Stock said, “I really enjoy it.”

Stock began her glass art working first with stained glass, but quickly moved on to creating mosaic pieces as she found she had more freedom and creativity in the puzzle effect of the art.

“For stained glass, everything has to be so exact,” Stock said. “I have always loved the look of stained glass, but with the mosaic, I find that I can be more creative and it has such a different effect.”

Stock works with fused glass art, another unique art form that actually fuses several pieces of glass together using a kiln on which Stock rents time.

Branching out to create panels, tables, hanging art, flower pots and coaster sets, Stock enjoys the art and the fact that no two pieces will ever be alike.

An avid gardener, Stock says many of her pieces are inspired by what she sees through the eyes of nature.

“I love to garden,” Stock said. “Many of the pieces that I make are from flowers or what I see outside.”

Working for days or up to a week on a single piece, the award-winning artist said that each and every one of her creations is special to her.

“They are all special to me, and sometimes it's hard to part with them,” Stock said.

Now that she has worked on the art for several years, Stock finds that she is leaning more toward nontraditional glass, opting for more irregular pieces with which to work.

“I like to create different effects and mix things up a bit,” Stock said. “I like different colors, vibrant colors, and different textures.”

Whether selling her pieces or making them for family and friends, Stock finds true joy in what she creates with her glass art.

“I really do enjoy this,” Stock said. “I never know how a piece will look. I have fun with it, and I usually change a piece as I go along. I just never know how it will come out.”

Stock plans to enter several of her pieces in upcoming shows in the area. Her exhibit is free to the public.

For information about Stock's work, contact her at chars6@verizon.net.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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