Bonnie Faulkner

Amitabha Mandala

Amitabha Mandala, Fused Glass, 16" Diameter, 2011, $850

This fused glass depicts one of the Five Dhyani Buddhas. Fused in several layers using glass, grit, mica and dichroic glass with the center piece that hangs freely inside the square.


  Bonnie Faulkner has been working with glass for over 20 years. Highly accomplished in many glass mediums, her work ranges from full window and wall installations for residential and commercial spaces to fused jewelry and wall art. Faulkner's glasswork is very distinctive as she has mastered the ability to incorporate dichroic, fused, hand blown and stained glass into one creation. She finds combining these techniques opens up placement for glass objects in every part of one's home, where even limited lighting accentuates the work.

  Mandalas have always been an important part of Faulkner's creative process. She draws them daily as a routine to center herself before beginning studio work. It was inevitable that a series of glass mandalas would present themselves and after an intensive fused-glass workshop at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, they did. The fused glass process involves building and layering the glass, always being conscientious of the proceeding layers, which will be the foregrounds in the fired piece. The spiritual centering of mandalas, meaning 'circle' in Buddhist and Hindu philosophies, align intrinsically with this glass process as both explore deeper levels in ones unconscious exposing greater light and beauty to surface.

Bonnie Faulkner, Owner/Artist
Heron Point Gallery
63 Market Street
Portland, ME 04101

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