My love for art started at a very young age. I remember sitting in church, drawing rocket
ships on the bulletin. My mother kept a
crayon drawing that I did on the first day of 1st Grade. My grandmother always encouraged me to
create. In school, I could hardly wait
to go to Art class.
I have tried many different mediums; screen printing,
pottery, paper mache, oil & acrylic painting. In the mid seventies, I took a Stained Glass
class at the Old ArtCenter on Spring St. and thoroughly enjoyed it. For the next 35 years, I played with stained
glass – making lamp shades and suncatchers. After retiring in 2012 I took a class in Fusing Glass. And there, I found my passion.
Fused glass allows me to use me creativity and let the glass
guide me. Everything I make is one of a
kind. I love cutting and combining the
colored glass and then letting the kiln melt all the pieces back into one
creation. I usually love everything that
I create and use my bowls and plates at every meal.
Richard Debus was born in Charlotte, but he has lived in
Spartanburg most of his life. He is a
retired installer for Southern/BellSouth where he was employed for 40
years. As the “phone man”, Richard has
climbed a pole, strung a phone wire or installed a phone in many neighborhoods
around Spartanburg. He has many
fascinating tales to tell of his life with the phone company.
Richard’s love for the creative process began in childhood
as he played in the woods and streams around Spartanburg. He has dabbled in many mediums, but has found
his passion in glass. He began with
Stained Glass, however he discovered the fused glass process, and now, does
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