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Emily Simpson: Fossil Vitra Reception
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Emily Simpson: Fossil Vitra


Public Reception: August 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

In the last 20 years, Emily Simpson began her work as a glass artist making jewelry and has since explored techniques with a larger kiln. Most of her work is now kiln formed and includes various techniques of adhering dried plant specimens and softening glass edges to produce functional art pieces. The exhibit of Botanicals in Glass was first dubbed “Fossil Vitra” by Paul Tarlow of Helios Glass Studio in Austin, TX. Having been a plant enthusiast all her life, Emily says this way of making glass art is her favorite and is also a great way to exercise her green thumb! Emily’s next adventure in glass will be deep “bas relief” dry plaster casting. She will also be conducting classes in kiln forming at the new home studio she shares with fellow artist and husband Greg Duncan in Fort Wayne. By sharing her work, Emily hopes to inspire people to look more closely at the world around them as a reminder of the beauty found there. 

Location Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm 

Holiday Hours:

Black Friday: 10 am - 8 pm 
Christmas Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 
New Year's Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day 


Adults: $7 
Youth: (ages 3-17) $5 
Age 2 and under: Free
$1 Thursdays: 5 pm-8 pm
No admission fee for Café, Conservatory Shop or Sales Garden