After a 20 year staff career for the Congress in Washington DC - with time off for child rearing, working in the public school system, and the pursuit of an MBA - Teddie Hathaway is a glass artist whose studio is on a houseboat in Sausalito, California. Her calling as an artist is quite a departure from a distinctly left-brain career.
Teddie uses recycled windows in her kiln formed work because she believes the artwork becomes a reference to our shared environment. Her work has been exhibited in shows from the west coast (Washington state and California) to the east (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and DC) and internationally in Sweizel, Germany. She has taught various glass techniques at Washington Glass School in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, The Crucible and Studio One in Oakland, California, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, California, and Public Glass and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
As an artist I feel that what I make art from is an integral part of my artistic narrative. After years of experimentation, for my large pieces I have chosen to work almost exclusively with old window glass - one of the least recycled materials. For jewelry I use dichroic glass to mirror the colors of our beautiful world. It is my belief that the medium enhances the message - our shared environment is the only one we have, and the only one we will ever have.
I use various processes in my art, but the common element is that the piece is kiln formed. I work on the glass when it is cold, both before and after it is placed in a kiln to be heat treated at temperatures sometimes reaching as high as1600 degrees.