Robert (Bob) Fuchs has been working in stained glass for over 15 yrs. He owned and operated a successful woodworking business specializing in handcrafted Shaker furniture for many years. Stained/leaded glass has always been a compliment to some of his woodworking projects. Customers often requested glass door panels, windows, side light, transom windows or hanging panels to accent and compliment the furniture he handcrafted for them. He also designs and creates full window inserts of varying styles and sizes as per client requests. Often the window and door panels are Craftsman inspired or copies similar of Frank Lloyd Wright design.
A few years ago Bob developed an allergy to wood dust. This health issue has forced a stop to his woodworking but has opened the door for working with glass full time. It was an easy transition because he was already working with glass on select projects. Glass has quickly become a growing passion. Bob is focusing much of his time these days on warm glass (fusing) techniques and creating one-of-a-kind pieces of Art, as well as platters, bowls, plates and sushi dishes (sets), and small glass knick knacks.
Bob holds a Technical Diploma in Welding Engineering Technology as well he is also a licensed Power Engineer. After a 20 year career as a Welding Engineering Technologist where he designed pressure vessels for the oil and gas industry and held the title of Quality Control Manager for a large fabrication shop, and another 10 years as a Power Engineer in the food industry, Bob retired to work with glass on a full time basis. Bob’s entire career has revolved around quality measures and surpassing expectations. He brings this same degree of commitment to excellence and energy to his glass. Inspired design with proven construction techniques equates to “beautiful glass that’s out of this world”.
Annamarie has been artistic for most of her life and until recently has focused on drawing and painting with a particular interest in cartooning and botanicals. Over the last number of years as a result of her exposure to Bob’s passion for glass, she has developed an interest in glass work in her own right and has taken many courses in lampworking, jewelry making, and wire wrapping.
Lifelong learning has been a core value for both Bob and Annamarie. That commitment to continual personal growth and advancement has been essential to their professional lives but also to their love of the arts.
Bob and Annamarie have been actively involved in the Arts all of their lives. Taking art classes in school as well as college and university and taking classes from private art studios as well as a number of specialized webinar classes. Education and learning has always been important to both Bob and Annamarie. Learning everything there is to learn about glass is challenging their artistic expression, but it is really exciting thinking of all the possibilities.