ARTIST INTERVIEW: Debbie Bean
Debbie Bean is a Stained Glass artist that works in both traditional leadwork and copper foiling techniques to create her dynamic line of stained glass home goods and jewelry. A combined love of geometric architectural elements and organically forming earthen treasures influences her designs resulting in colorful and unique handmade pieces.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art?
I have a diverse background that has really served me well. I think my years as a photographer definitely finds its way into my everyday life. So much of working with glass is reminiscent of photography in that I am constantly exploring how light interacts with shapes and colors. The long hours in my studio is not all that dissimilar from my time spent in the darkroom.
In my early 20’s I took a job in a tile manufacturing company to help put myself through school and found myself working in their mosaic studio; today I have my own stained glass mosaic line of home goods. I carry all my past experiences into my current endeavors as a reminder that I never know what will end up influencing my work today.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Absolutely! I work out of my detached home studio and the view from my windows is of our great big palm tree in our backyard and the base of the Angeles Forest Mountains. As I work into the evening, I watch the sunset through my open studio door and the changing colors of the beautiful Los Angeles sky. All of it inspires me and translates into my work.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Music playing in the background, my trusty glass cutter and band-aids.