About Glass Axes
Amy grew up in Houston, TX and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduating college, Amy worked in the music business as the Southwest Promotions Director for Lyric Street Records. Following the music business, she was Affiliate Relations Director for ESPN Radio, and then ABC Television network. After leaving her 10yr corporate career to take on the challenges of motherhood, Amy found a passion in working with glass, giving her the ability to channel her love of music and sports in art form. Amy began focusing her efforts on a particular canvas: the body of an acoustic guitar. The guitar became a natural fit for her bold and edgy work. A self taught artist, Amy’s signature style of creating one-of-a-kind glass sculptures using acoustic guitars as her canvas, led her to launch Glass Axes in 2009. Her guitar sculptures hang on the walls of hotels, restaurants, private homes, and offices belonging to several renowned music industry and sports execs, and musical artists including Katy Perry.
Amy’s creative process has evolved over the years, but some things remain the same. Her process starts by prepping the acoustic guitar – stripping it of the strings, bridge, and sanding it down to prepare the surface for glass and glue. The glass cutting starts with sheets of glass that she hand cuts into pieces to resemble whatever shape is needed for the design she creates. Each piece is glued by hand to the guitar, the edges are smoothed with a Dremel, and then the glass is grouted. A paint brush is used to grout the glass, making sure no space is missed. Her grout colors tend to mimic the color of the glass used in the design, this way the focus is on the glass and not the grout. After drying, the residual grout is cleaned off the surface of the glass with a lint free cloth and toothpick. The edges of the grout lines that outline the guitar are reinforced with resin, and finally the whole sculpture is ready to hang. The whole process takes about 2 weeks from start to finish depending on the detail of the design and how many grout colors are used for finishing. The design of each guitar fills the body, the fret and wraps around the sides. She does not glass the back of the guitar, much like a painter doesn’t paint the back of a canvas.
Amy lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and son. Amy grew up an athlete, so when she’s not in her studio creating, she can be found on a tennis court or golf course feeding her passion for sports.