Happiness is what’s behind artist’s work

DSCF4702Don’t expect some deep, complex explanation from Fawn Lowery about the art she creates.

“My message is be happy,” said the artist who specializes in an array of glass art—from wearable pieces to decorative items.

Lowery, 54, formerly from Decatur and now a Stone Mountain resident, has been working at the Center Town Gallery in Stone Mountain Village for about a year and a half. However she said her artistic urges began in childhood, recalling doodles she drew in the family Bible. She describes herself as someone who is always engaged in hobbies that require the use of her hands such as cake decorating and floral arranging.

For the past 23 years, her focus has been on glass and after receiving a legal settlement, she bought a kiln to advance her work. Why glass?

“It’s pretty,” Lowery said.

Her creations run the gamut—earrings and necklaces, rings, pendants, wall hangings, coasters, drawer pulls and more. She’s even repurposed old house windows into decorate wall art.

“Windows have a story to tell,” Lowery said. “They shouldn’t be in the trash. Just because they are old and a little flaky doesn’t mean they can’t still be beautiful and useful.”

With few exceptions, most of the colors she works with are bright. She’s also recently dabbling in custom-made bowties. “Big fat ones in bold colors,” she said excitedly. The line is called “Bodacious Bowtiez.”

Asked what inspires her and the motivation behind her work, Lowery smiled and said, “I just let it happen.”

In addition to the Stone Mountain studio and retail shop (space she shares with three other artists), Lowery’s work can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtsyFawnStudio.

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