Lauri Maitland is a fused glass or warm glass artist. Originating in Toronto and now residing in Eastern Ontario, the shift from an urban to a rural lifestyle is evident in Lauri’s works. Starting out in the medium of charcoal and pastel, Lauri has taken the same attention to detail to the medium of glass. Focusing primarily on multi panel hand painted enamel and glass pieces, Lauri is able to achieve a greater sense of depth and dimension that brings the viewer into the work itself. The process involving painting, kiln fire and cold working takes place at her studio just outside Merrickville ON. Each work of art consists of anywhere from 4- 20 layers of individually painted panels that are stacked together to form a completed scene and then fused together in a kiln for up to three days to form a solid block of glass. The mixed medium of glass and enamel blends not only the sentiment of the painting but the light and depth that are inherent in the glass itself. Lauri’s work evokes emotion thru the use of familiar subjects that examine the bond between people and their surroundings- using the natural attributes of the glass to enhance and elevate it.