Columbia energy analyst exercises creativity through fused glass

Friday, November 13, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 3:57 p.m. CST, Friday, November 13, 2009

*CORRECTION: Peggy King's husband is named Bob King. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified him.

COLUMBIA — Local glass artist Peggy King found her passion at the age of 50.

An energy analyst for the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, King said she spends her days in a job that “requires logic, an analytical mind, a head for detail and the constant crunching of numbers.”

Searching for something more creative to occupy herself outside the office, King stumbled upon a lampworking class. She knew immediately she had found something special.

King now has her own line called Snow Flake Glass. She will be selling her creations this weekend at the King's Daughter Holiday Festival at the Holiday Inn, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W. She is also bringing some of her black-and-gold Tiger Pause line.

Internet sites such as Lampwork Etc. provide King with fused-glass techniques and the ability for her to do group purchases for cheaper supplies. She now owns two kilns in her basement studio.

“There aren’t too many people that understand the complexities of fused glass,” said Jane Domky, a friend from the art glass community.

The artists meet once a month, alternating their homes for an informal glassworks club.

“We could be considered competitive, but we’re not; we’re cooperative,” Domky said. “We’re all still learning.”

King sells her work at her husband Bob's* store, Pendulum Bob’s Clock Shop in Forum Shopping Center, as well as at Bluestem Missouri Crafts and the Columbia Art League.

She also takes part in art shows, such as Columbia Art League's “Art in the Park,” the Arrow Rock Heritage Craft Festival and Affair of the Arts.

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