Veena's artistic career began with music. Veena had a dream as a teenager that she was playing guitar and singing. Soon after that dream she bought a $34 guitar and taught herself to play. At 15 she had to drop out of high school and work in a factory, but music called her on to school and she put herself through college, graduating with a degree in Music Ed. She then played her brand of intricate contemporary folk/rock in venues from Iowa to Ireland.
Veena's art glass career began with her move to Maui, and is an embrace of the island's feeling of Aloha. Inspired by the color and beauty of her tropical home, she is, in addition to her musical endeavors, creating fused dichroic glass jewelry and intricate, hand woven crystal. Veena cuts tiny pieces of dichroic glass and fuses them in a larger piece. She then cuts and bevels each piece by hand before firing them a second time. Veena is excited to share her art, be it music, glass, or the art of life and hopes to bring others joy through it.
About Dichroic (di-crow-ik) glass...The "di" in dichroic is Greek in origin; it means two. (Dichroic glass has two colors in its coatings--a reflected color and a transmitted color). Dichroic Glass is valued and prized in the art glass world for its brilliant iridescent play of colors. The coating that produces the wonderful, iridescent play of colors is actually multiple micro-thin layers of metal oxides sprayed on the surface of the glass base, then it is put in a vacuum chamber and bombarded with a laser. The angle it is bombarded at creates an illusion of color. There is really no color in the glass - it's a manipulation of light optics! We have the aerospace industry to thank for creating this coated glass and it has been in use for art/beading purposes since the 1990's. Conversely, the glass fusing process has been in use since the times of the Phoenicians (about 4,000 years ago).