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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: BPR Designs!

by Violet on March 25, 2013

Update: Congrats to commenter #5, Heidi! Thank you Beth, for sharing your time and talent with us!
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After a lengthy career in the financial world, Beth needed a creative outlet. A single course in kiln formed glass got her hooked and BPR Designs was born. You may recognize her contemporary glass soap dishes, which come in all sorts of bright color combinations.

yellow confetti soap dish

Over the years that I’ve been familiar with Beth’s work, I’ve seen it evolve as she plays with techniques and explores new products. I love her current selection of imprinted glass which gives a single color of glass lovely depth and texture from a natural source like a fern frond or turtle shell.

blue turtle imprint plate

I’m also a fan of her clever pocket vases which are an easy way to add a bloom or two to your home. The glass pocket holds just enough water to keep them fresh while two magnets on the back let you pop it on your fridge.

lavendar pocket vase

For the jewelry lover, Beth now has a line of pendants and earrings. The range of hues here, formed when the two colors of glass collide, result in a piece that brings to mind an abstract landscape painting.

fused glass pendant

This opaque white glass rectangular dish is the perfect size for serving snacks or storing keys. With a rainbow of colorful hearts fused right in its center, I could happily display it as is.

rainbow heart tray

Curator V: You went from being a finance executive to a glass artist. How did that come about?

I worked in Finance for many years doing mainly “left-brain” activities and needed a creative outlet to exercise the rest of my soul! Several years ago I took a community ed class at my local Community College and I fell in love with kiln-formed glass. Once I retired from my Finance career I had time to really explore that work and I quickly knew that I wanted my own kiln so that I could play with glass whenever I wanted! And once I had a kiln, I have never looked back!

Curator V: What is it you like about working with glass?

There are so many things I love about glass! How it feels, all the colors that I have to work with! And it is somewhat unpredictable, so there are time it just does what it wants to do in the kiln — not what I wanted it to do! Every time I open the kiln there could be a surprise. They are not always happy ones, but then there are times that magic happens!

Curator V: How has your work changed over time? Have you developed different products or techniques?

I think that my work has broadened over time. At first, I loved the idea of creating beautiful things that had a function (dishes, plates, bowls, etc.) — sort of keeping both that right and left brain happy thing. Now I am equally willing to try new things and take risks just to make something beautiful. Not everything works that I try, but that is the nature of art. My soap dishes are the first product that I developed my own technique for. I still love making them and I am always trying to come up with new designs that will be appealing. And I love to take classes to learn new techniques and see how I might be able to use them in my own work — either to improve my current processes or come up with a new product.

Curator V: Could you take us through the steps of one of your creations?

All of my work starts with sheet glass. Sometimes I have a specific design drawn out ahead of time and sometimes I just stand at my table and pull out glass from the racks….The glass is cut and the separate pieces are cleaned and assembled in the kiln, layering specifically to get the desired effect. In the case of my woven plates and dishes (see photo), I gather strips of glass in the colors that I want to work with and layer them back and forth across each other on a kiln shelf. The glass is fired once to fuse all the pieces together. If edges need to be smoothed, I may cold work it on my glass grinder and then fire again to polish the edges. Finally, if the item is going to be other than flat, I slump the glass piece in a mold. Many of my items have been fired three or more times by the time they are finished!

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Curator V: How does living in Portland inspire you?

Portland is a fabulous community for glass. Bullseye and Uroboros glass are both manufactured here in Portland so we have easy access to so many beautiful materials. And there is a warm and sharing glass artist community here where there are always folks who are willing to help you solve a problem. And finally, as an Oregon native, I don’t mind the Portland rain — it makes my garden grow and all that riot of color gives me great inspiration in my work!

Curator V: What can we expect from BPR Designs in the future?

I am never sure what the next big thing will be for me in my work — it might come from a custom request, something beautiful that I see and think “can I make something like that in a kiln?”, or just a lightbulb that goes off in the middle of the night! I do love to keep trying new things so there will always be something new and different in my shop!

Beth is giving away one of her signature soap dishes in sleek black and white to complement any decor! To enter, visit BPR Designs then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item. One winner to be chosen at random Sunday, March 31st.

black and whte soap dish

(Reading this via a feed? Here’s a direct link to the giveaway.)

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan Steinpreis March 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I love Beth’s work – I now have 3 pieces and wish I could buy one of everything in every color – her work is not only creative, but made with the eye of a real artist and always perfectly done – I really hope you draw my name, I would love another piece — ANY PIECE!! This is one of my favorites:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/126686864/glass-fern-imprinted-dish-in-pale-blue?ref=shop_home_active

2 Beth March 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thanks for a great feature!

3 Michelle W March 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

All of Beth’s creations are beautiful. My favorite piece has to be the Pale Amethyst Leaves and Vines Glass Platter.

4 Debra S. March 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Love Beth’s gorgeous creations…I think my favorite as of today is the Pale Blue fern imprinted glass dish. Stunning!

5 Heidi March 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I absolutely LOVE Beth’s work… everything she posts is fantastic. Last year for Christmas, I bought one of her slumped wine bottle cheese platters and another glass piece for Christmas gifts, and they were so well received. She has a fantastic eye for detail and color.

6 Nancy March 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I’m a HUGE fan of BPR Designs!!! My current favorite item is the Glass Fern Imprinted Dish in Pale Blue Tint!

7 Ilene March 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Beth is a team mate of mine so I know her glass art well and have enjoyed watching it evolve. I love the new directions she is taking in her work. It was very hard to choose a favourite piece from her shop, but this new one really caught my eye:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/126686864/glass-fern-imprinted-dish-in-pale-blue?ref=shop_home_active. Not only is this dish beautiful but I love the fact that it is a recycled glass door :-)

Thanks, Beth, for all the inspiration and support you have given us and best of luck with your new work! –Ilene

8 Mary Adams March 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I love them all, but i guess the silver and emerald soap dish is one of my faves! I just love that color! I also love the vases!

9 Bobbi March 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I love the pale blue cherry blossom platter:) All of Beth’s designs are gorgeous!

10 Modred12 March 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Beth is such a talented person. I would have to say this is my favorite, but I love it all!:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/125959047/fused-glass-cherry-blossom-imprinted?ref=shop_home_active

11 Christina March 26, 2013 at 8:32 am

I absolutely love Beth’s work. Her sense of style and colors make it such that anyone can find a piece to go with their d├ęcor! I love this fused glass dish with turquoise because of its vibrant colors, textures, and pattern:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/85118633/fused-glass-dish-in-woven-strips-of?ref=shop_home_active

12 Diana March 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

I love these designs! Being a soapmaker myself I often browse for cool soap dishes and I have certainly found a gold mine here! This is one of my favorites!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/69204380/emerald-green-glass-soap-dish?ref=shop_home_active

13 Elizabeth PolkaDotSkies March 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

I love Beth’s work! My favorite is her soap dish in brown, vanilla, and turquoise. We actually have that one and have really enjoyed it!
Beth is a wonderful lady! I am happy to be her Etsy friend!
Elizabeth

14 Lori G March 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Really beautiful items! I love the Mint Green and Silver Fused Glass Pendant:)

15 Claire March 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

favorite item is the Glass Fern Imprinted Dish in Pale Blue Tint!

16 Shandi Naugle March 27, 2013 at 12:02 am

My favorite item is the Fused Glass Tray in Light Blue and Silver.

17 Jennifer Smith March 27, 2013 at 3:45 am

I admire your work. I really like the woven plates but especially the one in greens. Wonderful!

18 Noor Unnahar March 27, 2013 at 4:22 am

She’s amazing . Her stuff needs a lot of applaud .
I badly love Lavender soap Dish . http://www.etsy.com/listing/95898377/glass-soap-dish-in-lavender-and-white?ref=shop_home_active

19 Dee H. March 27, 2013 at 6:10 am

What a lovely etsy shop!
I liked this Rose Brown Fused Glass Cherry Blossom Imprint Dish. It would match my outdoor themed powder room perfectly!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/126233796/rose-brown-fused-glass-cherry-blossom?ref=shop_home_active

20 beth (a different beth :) ) March 27, 2013 at 6:10 am

Wow, this is amazing work!! I adore the Glass Butterfly Sun Catcher in pink and blue!

21 Kat March 27, 2013 at 6:16 am

I like the Valentine Rainbow Hearts Rectangular Fused Glass Dish!

22 Adriana Sorrentino March 27, 2013 at 6:18 am

I like Small Ring Dish in Streaky Blue Green and White Fused Glass

Please, if I win contact me at this email a.d.r.y@live.it

Thank you so much!!

23 Laura March 27, 2013 at 7:18 am

My favorite is the Fused Glass Cherry Blossom Imprinted Platter

24 Marija March 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

I just love the fused glass woven bowl in green.

25 Jennifer Reed March 27, 2013 at 7:58 am

I love the jewelry. My favorite piece is the Fused Glass Pendant in Streaky Cream and Brown.

26 Hana Clay March 27, 2013 at 8:17 am
27 Mary Mac March 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

I love the soap dish in pale aqua/white stripe. Would look beautiful in my kitchen.

28 Dovile March 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

I love the Silver and Aqua Fused Glass Soap Dish!

29 Joanna March 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I adore the Fused Glass Tray in Light Blue and Silver

30 DESPINA March 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Shimmering Glass Plate in Black and Coral is dreamy

31 Zah March 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Fused Glass Art Plate in Green and Yellow is magnificent

32 Hoa Le March 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I like the Shimmering Glass Plate in Black and Coral.

33 Sheilah R March 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

the Fused Glass Tray in Light Blue and Silver.

34 Maegan Morin March 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I really like the Fused Glass Peacock Feather Imprint Platter: http://www.etsy.com/listing/119687487/fused-glass-peacock-feather-imprint?ref=shop_home_active

35 Sandi Tymchuk March 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I love the vase, “reserved for Ty” especially!

36 stacey g March 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

wow they are all amazing so hard to c hoose! but i guess it would be Pale Blue fern imprinted glass dish

37 Jo March 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm
38 Claire Selby pinkdilla March 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm

So pretty! My favorite is the French Vanilla Stripey dish

39 Debie Grace March 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I like the Bright Turquoise Blue Glass Soap Dish :D

40 Ollie March 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Too Many to just pick one:

Slumped blue glass wine bottle cheese plate
Slumped glass wine bottle cheese plate – Zen from Karma Vineyards
Fern Green Olive Dish
Reserved for Ty – Fused Glass Vase or Candle Holder in Blue
Small Glass Ring Dish in Antique Green
Fused Glass Art Plate in Green and Yellow
Glass Votive Candle Holder in White, Black and Gray
White and Clear Starburst Glass Votive Candle Holder
Sea Blue Fused Glass Turtle Shell Imprint Square Dish
Fused Glass Tea Light Candle Holder or Ring Dish in Blue and White
Glass Votive Candle Holder in Yellow and Orange
Shimmering Glass Plate in Black and Coral
Glass Candle Bridge in Autumn Golden Green

41 Tiffany March 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm
42 Caroline B March 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I really love the Glass Cherry Blossom Imprinted Tray in Pale Blue Tint.

43 Julie G. March 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

My gosh, she is talented! I like so many of her items, but in particular the Glass Cherry Blossom Imprinted Tray in Pale Blue Tint.

44 Kim Pollock March 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm
45 joka March 28, 2013 at 5:06 am

flass cherry blossom and plate in french vanilla are amazing

46 Monika March 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

It’s hard to chose a favorite, they are all beautiful! But I just love this one:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/126609163/glass-cherry-blossom-imprinted-tray-in?ref=shop_home_active

47 Julie B. March 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

I love the pink and white fused glass heart glass pendant.

48 hminnesota March 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I love Glass Soap Dish in Lavender and White

49 Beverly March 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Wow, it’s so hard to choose a favorite! I really do love the Fused Glass Art Plate with the blue, white and green stripes, though. It’s amazing! :)

50 Kristin March 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

My favorite is her green glass wall pocket vase. I have been a long time admirer of Beth and her beautiful work. She has such a unique eye of design and her use of color is awe inspiring.

51 aquariann March 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm
52 Cori Westphal March 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I think the Slumped blue glass wine bottle cheese plate is really unique! How cool!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

53 Heather March 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I love the black and coral plate!

54 leda March 30, 2013 at 4:27 am

It was hard to choose just one piece but I thought the Black Fused Glass Bowl with Aqua and Gray Decor was absolutely stunning!

55 Nnnenna March 31, 2013 at 4:26 am

I love the Glass Butterfly Sun Catcher :P

56 liz l March 31, 2013 at 4:49 am

My favorite is Fused Glass Pendant in Seafoam and Black

57 LauraLola March 31, 2013 at 5:54 am
58 Chasity Boatman March 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

I love the black and coral plate! My husband and I will be moving into our first home and one of her pieces would be perfect for it. These could be great conversation starters. I love modern pieces. Thanks for the chance to win!

59 alessandra lalla March 31, 2013 at 8:06 am
60 Tanya March 31, 2013 at 10:23 am

Slumped glass wine bottle cheese plate from Dearly Beloved I Thee Red

61 beverly e March 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love the Fern Green Olive Dish… Such beautiful work!

62 ~ cheryl mendenhall March 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

My favorite piece on Beth’s site is the Streaky Blue Green Class Pendant. It is in my favorite colors and beautiful. I would love to win any piece from her collection and hope my name gets chosen. Thanx for sharing this site!!

63 Kat F. March 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

I like the glass soap dish in emerald green.

64 sarah p March 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I like the Fused Glass Rippled Bowl in Pale Amethyst . Very pretty :)

65 cassandra March 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I like the Fused Glass Peacock Feather Imprint Platter in Turquoise and White Irridescent Glass

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