and glazes for stained glass windows,
and some etching and sandblasting…
But this Gal takes it all to another level altogether!
I love Bonnie’s work, and I really respect her dedication to exploring her medium deeply,
and her courage to work on such a large and monumental scale!” -RQ
REPRESENTING 7 ECOSYSTEMS
is a beautiful celebration of nature!
Each piece features stunning colors and forms
inspired by seven different ecosystems that
evolve into one another in 2' x 4' fused glass panels.
The concept for this project was a collaboration with high school students
through a grant provided by
the WI Arts Board 'EcoLegacy' project
The students came up with this amazing concept supporting sustainability, which I (Bonnie) then created in glass! The students made this their legacy tribute to the school.
A special "Thank you" to facilitator Julie Dean for your help!”
I am passionate about it!. I have always loved glass...
to that end... I studied glassblowing, neon, and stained glass.
But what really spoke to me was fused glass, or kiln formed glass. I saw the bigger picture of what glass could do in its scale, its ability to convert light, and its impact on a space.
I envisioned glass art spread across a wall or hanging from the ceiling in new ways.
So, I purchased large sheets of brilliant fusible glass and a kiln on sheer faith and experimented. And, literally, the light went on! I absorbed as much as I could through trial and error.
I focused on perfecting visual techniques while learning the technical intricacies of managing the outcome of glass at 1450 degrees.
The outcome- I now kiln-fire and kiln-form colored fusible glass into many architectural uses." -Bonnie Rubinstein
AERIAL and ARCHITECTURAL
65' long (!) glass and metal wall sculpture,
commissioned by the City of River Falls
for the power substation on the river.
A colorful representation of water power
viewable day or night.
Designed, fabricated, and installed by
Bonnie Rubinstein Studio.
25’ diameter Aerial Sculpture,
Westfields Hospital Rotunda
New Richmond, WI
20’ tall, glass and metal
University of Wisconsin,
River Falls, Student Center
Supporting sustainable values is a priority!
Bonnie has performed environmental audits for many other companies through EcoSource, Inc. since 1990.
So, she naturally monitors her studio's waste stream and materials sourcing. The studio is as close to being a zero-waste shop as possible, and is sustainable in many ways.
• glass scraps are used in future pieces.
• water is needed to run the saws, cutters, and grinders,
but used minimally.
• Bonnie picks up the large sheets of glass
in her van in quantities;
avoiding need for shipping boxes, bubble wrap.
• heating- only when in use, and by an efficient gas heater, never set above 60, even in frigid weather.
• cooling- cool and comfortable in the lower level of a large former dairy barn, doors kept open for cross ventilation,
the concrete floor we poured helps retain the coolness.
In the colder months, we unroll a carpet
to insulate against the cold.
• cabinets, table tops, desk, chair, carpeting, and large florescent lights were all procured from office remodeling projects, where they were headed for the dumpster.