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Sheila and her 2 boys

 

Morley Art studios is owned and operated by myself, Sheila Morley.  I am an Artist working with glass since 2005. I expect to making art for the rest of My Life.

I almost always have a day job as well.  Keeping my creative juices flowing, the bills paid in full, and offering my boys the best opportunities I can.

A College graduate of Fine Arts in 1997. I have been Selling my work through shops and galleries. Mother of 2 boys. Inspired by Music and art, I enjoy creating art that pays tribute to Life. Sculpting emotional figurative gesture has been a theme for me since the 90's.

I discovered how to fuse high resolution imagery in and on my glass in 2007. A process I have perfected over the years. (both soft glass and borosilicate) I make custom art with the customers imagery. What I am calling, "memory stones" ...aka "Image in glass sculpture".

Combining imagery with my emotional figurative gestures is where I am at today. I am working at the flame with several types of glass and at the Furnace.

In the past, I have taught introductory and advanced classes in bead making, and marble making. 

Layer upon layer, I celebrate the passion we all have and experience in this life. 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 2013-present Artist, Sculptor

  • 2006-present, Sheila Morley Glass Art / Morley Art studlios , Owner / Operator

  • 2014-Present Freelance Cad drawing specialist
  • 1997-2014, Farnell Contracting, Inc. AutoCAD Drafting ? Engineering / Project Management / Lab Furniture Design

  • 1994-1997 Michigan State University Department Studio Assistant

  • 1995-1996 Main Street gallery, Leland, MI. Sales

     

     

Education:

  • 2017 Currently attending Schoolcraft College for a certification in Alias computer drawings. Digital sculpting (Surfacing program used by the Automotive industry.) completion December 2018
  • 2018 Center for Creative Studies ~ certification in clay sculpting/modeling

  • 1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Michigan State University – Major in Sculpture and Ceramics (Graduated with High Honor)

Continued Education with Masters in Art:

  • 2014-2016 Michigan hot glass, Albert Young. Furnace glass continuing class

  • 2013 Masters Seminar with Paul Stankard (Philosophy of Art and flame working)

  • 2012 Beadmaking Stringer control with JC Herrell

  • 2010 – 2012 Independent borosilicate studies with Gideon Rockwood

  • 2008 Furnace Glass I with Touch of light Studio in Royal Oak, MI

  • 2007 Loren Stump II

  • 2007 Andrew Brown Hot and Cold glass

  • 2006 Loren Stump I

  • 2005 Introduction to glass bead making with Genessee Glassworks

  • 2004 Independent Soldering Studies

  • 1993 Oil Painting with Tom Parish

Teaching/ Demonstrations

  • 2013-2018 The Michigan glass project sculptural bead making demonstrations 

  • 2007-2014 Flame working workshops at the studio. 1 or 2 students at a time

  • 2013 International Flame conference Panel discussion on Marbles, as we call them Orbs

  • 2012 Spring ISGB retreat. Mandrel implosions demonstration at ABR imagery

  • 2011 bead making retreat class on landscape beads

  • 2010 Murrini Demonstration for Glassact

  • 2009 Decal Demonstration for Glassact

  • 2008 Making a petal Murrini with Glassact

  • 2008-2012 part time bead making Instructor at Dearborn glass academy

Volunteer Positions:

  • 2012-The Michigan Glass project, Volunteer, Staff, Visiting Artist, and Vendor

  • 2007 GLASSACT, Southeast Michigan glass bead makers guild, Volunteer secretary

  • 1994 Artistic sabbatical, Sketch book study in the Western, US (See blog Archives)

    Publications:

  • 2015 Spring issue: Flow Magazine. Glass image marble collaboration with Ron Morley

  • 2012 Winter issue: Flow MAgazine. Women in glass

  • 2010 Winter issue: Flow Magazine. Women in glass

  • 2010 January: Glassline magazine, Digital Imagery on Lampwork Glass by Sheila Morley

  • 2009 Summer: The Glass Bead, ISGB publication by the ISGB -Sculptural Goddess beads by Jim Kervin

  • 2008 Winter issue: Flow Magazine. Women in glass

  • 2008 Out of the box travelling exhibition with The International Society of Glass Beadmakers

  • 2008 April/May: Glassline Magazine, Making a petal murrini, Article by Sheila Molrey

  • 2007 Winter issue: Flow Magazine, Women in Glass

  • 2007 Summer issue: Annealer Magazine

  • 2007 April/May: Glass Line Magazine, Boogie down Beads! Article by Sheila Morley

 

Exhibitions

 

  • 2013 Wheaton Arts Museum Gallery

  • 2012 Lawrence Street Gallery Glass art show, Ferndale, Michigan

  • 2010 Ariana gallery Glass Month Exhibit and demonstration

  • 2009 Ariana gallery Glass Month Exhibit and demonstration

  • 2009 Collaboration with Glassact, Convergence

  • 2008 Out of the Box traveling exhibition with the ISGB

  • 2007-2008 Orchard Lake Fine Arts show

  1. 2007 Frantz Art glass Anything goes 3rd place award

  • 1998 Kaleidoscopic slide presentation, Lansing. MI

  • 1996-1997 Michigan State University Kresge Art Museum

  • 1997 Michigan State University Gallery One Dichotomous Duo

 

Personal Artistic Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Decals meet the hot shop!!

  • 2007 Decal tests begin, flameworking soft and hard glass

  • 2006 Sheila Morley Glass Art (dot com) began

  • 2004 Updated my studio to be heated, and used year round

  • 1999 Purchased my 1st Studio space

  • 1997 Built the room of beads with hundreds of beads made out clay

  • 1996 Cast a 30″ tall hollow bronze figure sculpture

  • 1994 Applied and was accepted into CCS, Fine arts~ College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan

Museum’s:

  • Bead Museum, Arizona, USA 2007

  • Bead Museum, Canada 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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