LGAA General Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at 6pm (note the change from 7 to SIX) at Shanley House Gallery. 

Our next monthly meeting, Monday, July 11, SIX!! pm, will feature
Leslie Slaughter, Glass Artist

On most days, Leslie Slaughter can be found tucked away in a little shack of a building behind her house. The tiny shop is jam-packed with counters and storage units on wheels to make it easier for the petite woman to squeeze between supplies, often to check on her two large kilns heating the glass she’s been molding, forming and coloring.

Her day begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and brainstorming, and it typically ends at about 6:30 p.m. On some days, the main objective is to sketch and plan; on others, she dons a large clear plastic mask, a vinyl protection apron and gloves, while wielding a large saw. Her passion for glass art is evident when she speaks about the practice at a class, workshop or even when chatting at the ArtiZen Outlet where her works adorn part of the space.

As a child, Slaughter tried her hand at various mediums: clay, crayons, water colors, Play-Doh. She suspended art to study criminal psychology at Baylor University. After a marriage and two children, however, her passion for portraits re-emerged in 1985 while flipping through a publishing guide for children’s books authors and illustrators. In it were headshots of interview subjects drawn with colored pencils.

“I said to myself, ‘I can do that,’” Slaughter said. “I contacted them, and they hired me. That kind of kick started my art career.”

After creating colored-pencil pieces for the publication for five years, she did private portraits in Abilene and then in Midland for the next 20 years.

In 2005, she began to ponder an endeavor into the field of glass. As a child, she was continuously enamored with stained glass such as might be seen in a church because of the iridescent colors and vivid lighting. Even though she desired to configure glass art, issues arose because of the potential vast size of stained pieces and the amount of room they require. She instead decided to focus on smaller items, which could be formed and hardened in a kiln.

She spends many hours in her little shack, kitchen and living room relentlessly conjuring up new ideas for potential works.

“She’s on the cutting edge of her field of art,” said Bobbie Moore, a local sculptor in Midland. “She’s unbelievable; we really admire her. Some teachers give 70 percent, but she gives 110 percent. She’s just an all-around great person, as an individual and an artist.”
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Shanley House Gallery | 224 N Travis Street, right by the Hood County Library.

Date: Monday, July 11
Time: 6 pm,  that's SIX pm
Place: Shanley House Gallery
Demo Artist: Leslie Slaughter
Subject: Fused glass 

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