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  • Deborah Hines, a Severna Park resident and glass artist, recently hosted an open house for people to come purchase her artwork, including her specialty holiday pieces.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    Deborah Hines, a Severna Park resident and glass artist, recently hosted an open house for people to come purchase her artwork, including her specialty holiday pieces.
  • Deborah Hines, a Severna Park resident and glass artist, recently hosted an open house for people to come purchase her artwork, including her specialty holiday pieces.
    Photo by Maya Pottiger
    Deborah Hines, a Severna Park resident and glass artist, recently hosted an open house for people to come purchase her artwork, including her specialty holiday pieces.

Severna Park Artist Creates Glass Pieces Out Of Home Studio

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January 10, 2018

Deborah Hines Opened Her River Rock Glass Studio Nearly Eight Years Ago

From a young age, Deborah Hines has been fascinated by glass.

As a young woman, she collected Depression glass. Now, she runs a studio and teaches classes out of her home-based River Rock Glass Studio.

“Working with glass, you can make things look like water. You can make things look like sand. You can make things look organic,” Hines said. “I like what you can do with it, the way the light catches it.”

Hines moved to Severna Park from Montgomery County with her husband eight and a half years ago. She worked as a graphic artist for the Montgomery County government, doing calligraphy for 11 years, but she wanted to be home more with her second child.

She briefly taught art classes at Anne Arundel Community College before deciding to fully operate out of her home studio.

“We moved here, and I took a class in Annapolis at a shop called Bead Bungalow. I fell in love with the whole concept of glass,” Hines said. “When I took this class, I thought, ‘This is what I need to do.’”

Hines works exclusively with fused glass. She drives out to Frederick to purchase the special type of glass from a supplier, as it cannot be purchased at craft stores.

“It’s got what’s called a COE, coefficient of expansion, which means that fused glass heats up at a certain rate and cools down at a certain rate,” Hines said. “If you mix two different glasses together, they’ll either explode or crack.”

Hines joined Facebook groups of other fused glass artists to share ideas and find suppliers. After one of the artists posted her work with decals in it, Hines inquired about them. She now gets decal shipments from a store in England.

“I contacted Bailey’s and they work with me, so I can order from them,” Hines said. “All of the porcelain decals come from Bailey’s in England.”

Hines said the hardest part of working with glass is waiting long enough for it to cool after being fired in the kiln.

“I get too anxious and I want to take them out,” Hines said. “You have to be real careful with glass, the cooling process, mainly.”

Hines teaches classes out of her studio by request. There aren’t classes for different skill sets, as the classes are geared toward beginners learning how to work with glass. Hines provides all glass, cutting tools and materials needed to make the piece.

“It’s just basic classes where people learn the technique, and they have fun,” Hines said. “Thursday night is wine night, so you come and have a glass of wine and cut glass.”

The class sizes can range from six to eight people, and they cost the price of the piece you’re making, which is generally $40. Those interested in classes should contact Hines through her website (www.riverrockglassstudio.com) or via email.

Hines sells her work at about 15 shows every year, including Annapolis First Sunday. She also sells her pieces at the Providence Center Gifts that Give shop in Arnold, The Country Petaller on Kent Island and online.

Hines is also available to commission pieces.

“When we go on vacation, I can’t wait to get home to go back to work because I love what I do,” Hines said. “It’s not only my work, it’s my love. I love doing it.”


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