Stacey Utech

Fused Glass Artist –

The daughter of an architect, I’ve loved all aspects of design since I was big enough to sit at my dad’s drafting table. The gratification of seeing a vision come to fruition is so exciting!

As a child I spent hours in my dad’s work shop, creating anything I could imagine… from crutches for my Barbie cut from balsa wood, to a paper mache doll detailed to look like my 5th Grade teacher. I loved that work shop! To this day, the smell of saw dust instantly takes me there… the sound of Dad’s radial arm saw, saw dust in the air, working alongside the man who’s talent had no limits. He nurtured creativity in all of us: me, my brother and my sister.

As a 5th grader, I visited Kansas State University’s school of architecture with my family, for my brother’s orientation. It was then I realized I wanted to be an interior designer. 7 years later I was beginning my education at K-State, and in 1987 I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. For nearly 30 years my career focused on design for corporate, government and education clientele. In 2015, I left the private sector design world and accepted a position with Westar Energy, in the Facilities Planning department.

In 2008, I was introduced to a new passion… the art of fused glass. The ability to express myself through a ‘hands-on’ format is truly therapeutic for me, and in 2010 I started my art studio, CopperSnob.

My fascination with Raku pottery lead to my early glass pieces being fabricated predominantly from highly textured, iridescent colors that, once fired, resembled Raku. The desire to try new things and stretch the limits has lead me to incorporate bright colors, experiment with various techniques, and incorporate unusual mounts and display styles.

Supporting me in all my endeavors is my husband, Randy. Married nearly 30 years, we have 2 grown daughters and are the proud grandparents of 2 adorable granddaughters.

Although I thoroughly enjoy my career, I look forward to retirement and the day I can work in my studio full time.

One Reply to “Stacey Utech”

  1. Stacey Utech and her fusion glass make for fascinating foray. Thank you Stephen Smith Photography, for this introduction.

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