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Meet the artist: Name: Denise Matson

Hometown: Glenburn

Where can we see your work?

I take part in the local flea market, area craft shows and threshing shows.

Do you have your work for sale?

Yes, all my work is for sale.

In what media do you work?

I work with glassware. An assortment of plates, vases, and votive cups.

How would you describe your style?

My style is pretty free and open. I don’t try to create only one style, but instead look for combinations that make you say, “Wow … I like that!”

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

My customers have probably had the most influence on my work as I listen to what they like and also pay attention to what they buy. Certain styles and/or colors are more popular than others.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

Garden Art and plate flowers in particular vary so much. Different people like different things, so my theme is to balance color, shape, and size in a variety of different ways to try and offer any customer a choice that would work for them.

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I enjoy looking through my inventory and taking an assortment of glassware that by itself doesn’t really say anything, but then by combining different pieces, create a plate flower that makes a statement. It may be one of softness with pastel colors and flowers, or one with bold bright colors that just stands by itself and catches your eye.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have always enjoyed working with crafts. After exploring different ideas, making plate flowers really caught my eye. I researched the best way to make them. Deciding to sell them to other people gradually came into play after I had made a few. My husband compliments me on how neat my combinations of plates and colors are. If I can’t quite make a decision on what works best, I’ll ask him for his input. I love my customers’ reactions as they look at what I do. So many people will say, “Oh, that is so cool,” so my husband suggested I call my business “Kool Kreations.” After working in the telecommunications industry for 28 years, this retirement hobby keeps me pretty busy and is one that I enjoy.

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