Kiln-formed Glass Works
by Paula Marksbury



 Buckhorn Ridge is my home in the Tennessee hills where I find peace and inspiration to create my unique fused glass designs.  I describe my studio’s philosophy as an ever-changing journey.  I use, create and experiment with different art elements to create interesting, fun and sometimes functional artwork.  My inspiration for designs comes from the things I love – awesome miracles of nature, powerful works of art, colorful fabrics, vivid images, vibrant places…


Fused glass can be subtle, elegant and often, in my artwork – bold in color, shape, texture and design.  I am passionate about color and using it in glass to play off light elements.  Although I craft functional pieces like bowls, plates, and platters, I find it irresistible to create larger, multi-dimensional, one-of-a-kind art sculptures designed for walls, tables, floors and architectural installments. I want them to be worthy of a gallery but best enjoyed in everyday settings.  Each year I do a limited number of multi-media pieces using glass, different metals and found objects. 

Some folks have asked about the size of my largest kiln...

 My work continuously changes and matures as I discover new methods and skills. I use many traditional fused glass techniques but I love making things up as I go and in doing so, creating something fresh and original.  Of course, this reckless abandon sometimes leads to disaster but more often then not it adds an interesting touch to my work. 


Working deep in glass, creating pieces I feel have more depth and texture, intrigues me.  I delight in working with molten glass, manipulating it into striking designs.  I often fire individual pieces/works of glass and layer them together to craft out-of-the-ordinary designs creating depth and dimension.  I use iridescent and dichroic glass, frit, powder and paint to craft innovative and often complex designs.  I sometimes incorporate gold, silver or platinum into some of my creations.  I “have a thing about” weaving glass stringers to construct intricate patterns I can then use alone or in other work.


For me, art  is always about the experience, the surprise, the aha…never the destination… always the journey – that’s what makes life and art worthwhile!


Member of Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Foothills Craft Guild and Tennessee Association of Craft Artists.  Part owner in The Art Market., a Knoxville co-op.  Awards:  2009 Merit Award of Excellence, Fairhope, AL; Merit of Excellence, Dogwood Arts, Knoxville, TN; Best in Media, Duluth, GA.  2008 Best of Show, Art in Speed Park, IN; Best in Glass, St. Augustine, FL: Merit Award of Excellence, Meccafest, Carrollton, GA; Artist’s Choice, Knoxville, TN Dogwood Festival. In 2007, Best of Show, Knoxville Dogwood Art Festival; Best in Art at the Carrollton, GA  Mecca Art Festival. Permanent Art Collection Carrolton  Cultural Arts Center. 

Buckhorn Ridge Studios

One of a Kind and Custom Designs 

Paula Marksbury and Jim McGie

Athens, Tennessee