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Lolo’s Paloozas fuses glass into fun business

By Staff | Sep 24, 2009

Glass dogs gleam in the center of night lights, giant, brightly hued snowflake like objects dangle luring one into a fairy-tale like bliss of moving light.

Though this sounds like a whimsical fantasy, these are actual art pieces created by fused glass artist Lorraine Capps.

Lolo’s Paloozas are creations in fused glass, ceramics and more.

Capps, bubbles with enthusiasm over her glass pieces which include night lights, earrings, dishes, draw pulls, business holders and even lazy susans for the table.

“Whatever some one throws at me I can work with,” Capps said. “I just love the versatility of it. There’s no end to what you can do with fused glass.”

Marissa Rizzo, a Sanibel resident, said she is delighted with the custom-made glass privacy and welcome signs she commissioned Capps to make for outside her home.

Capps has been working with glass for five years after taking a BIG ARTS class. And after retiring Capps now has more time to devote to her art work.

Her work is carried at local businesses and places around the community, including Head to Toes by Tina nail salon, Island Paws, Trader Ricks and Suncatcher’s gifts. And before Thanksgiving she plans to have her work carried at the new ‘Tween Waters boutique.

Though she has fun with all of her glass pieces, Capps has a particular penchant for making dog and mermaid inspired art.

“I just feel so blessed to be inspired by all of the beauty on the islands,” she said.

Capps who has her own kiln is available for taking commissioned work.

And her night lights – many made with popular dog breeds make a great gift for pooch lovers. They cost $25.

For more information, call 395-3666 or email Capps at lorrainecapps@embarqmail.com.