I have been always
been fascinated by glass since I was a child and watched my grandmother collect interesting but affordable glass and ceramics. My work typically focuses on nature inspired or intangible concepts such as "Eternity" and
"Infinity." In my sculpture entitled "Infinity", a never ending sea of circles seem to pop up and glide along the
sculpture. In "Eternity", the small circular forms become more amorphous in shape as they seem to move along an incline
and drop off the edge into the unknown.
I admire the artist Isamu Noguchi since he sought to recreate and alter the perception of our natural surroundings.
I create contemporary kiln-cast glass sculpture
from recycled glass and work with this material because I feel that I am creating a balance in
the environment. I am taking something out of the environment, a discarded
material (a negative) and returning it back to the environment as a positive and a sense of balance is achieved. A lot of glass artists do not work with recycled glass since it can be literally like trying to shape
a stone and have it flow into a specific design. Glass for consumer use is made to stiffen up and take final shape quickly
in the manufacturing process so that explains why it is so difficult with which to work. A lot of glass bottles and sheet
glass also are not compatible kiln wise with each other so a lot of pretesting must be done.
I enjoy the idea of being involved in an emerging art medium where most glass artists still say "don't waste
your time with recycled glass, it is a pain, so unpredictable", etc. I take that
as a personal challenge to continue to explore and push the unusual sculptural properties and “green” message
of this material. Incalculable unknowns exist with each piece of recycled glass
and I have had to invent new techniques and processes based on many hours of experimentation in order to work with this material
and bring my vision into final form.
I use a controlled
divitrification process to bring a quartz or stone like look to my sculpture and I believe this represents a new
type of glass. Divitrification has typically been viewed as a negative effect in fusible art glass but I believe it is
an important tool in expanding the limited perception of what glass "should look like."
2009 Lorton Workhouse Arts
Center, Lorton, VA, glass casting
2005 Fraser Gallery, Washington,
DC, “Success as an Artist” seminar
2003 Warm Glass Weekend
Conference, Arlington, VA, classes in various aspects of fusing and glass casting.
2002 Millennium Arts Center, Washington, DC, welding/glass class
2000-2001 The Art League School, Alexandria, VA, photography and art
1999-2001 Creative Clay Studios, Alexandria, VA, ceramic classes
1999 Virginia Stained Glass, Springfield, VA, intensive classes in fusing
and slumping glass
1995-2004 Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department, Arlington,
VA, classes in stained glass, painting, photography, and ceramics, including open ceramic/pottery studio.
2010 National Liberty Museum, Juried auction, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 Museum of Glass, Juried auction; Tacoma, Washington
2009 Phillips Museum of Art, Salvage: Reclaiming/Recycling exhibit, Franklin
and Marshall College, national juried exhibit, Lancaster PA
2008 Corcoran Museum of Art, College of Art and Design, “Art Anonymous”,
University of Kentucky, Museum of Art, Lexington, Kentucky
2011 Lerner Building, "8 Recycled Glass Sculptures", McLean, VA
2002 Gallery West, “The
American West”, Alexandria, VA
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2010 Glenview Mansion, “Generations in Glass”, Rockville,
2009-2010 The Art League/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (6 juried exhibitions)
2009 Atlanta Airport Atrium Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2009 Home and Design Magazine Luxury Expo, invitational, Tysons Corner,
2009 Annual Patrons' Show, The Art League/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria,
2008 Recycled Art Exhibit,
Arlington Central Library, Arlington, VA
2008 Ikebana Exhibit, The
Art League/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
2008-2009 The Art League/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
2007 Greater Reston Area Art Center, Art Auction, Reston, VA
2007 Arts AFire Gallery, juried exhibit, Alexandria, VA
2006 National Zoo, Black and White Ball/Fundraiser, Washington, DC
2006 Washington Square Sculpture Show, Washington, DC
2005 Washington Square Sculpture Show, Washington, DC
2005 Cox Communications, Herndon, VA (Arts Council of Fairfax County,
2005 Computer Sciences Corporation, Alexandria, VA (Arts Council of Fairfax
County, corporate program)
2004-2005 The Art League/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (4 juried exhibitions)
2004 Invitational Art Exhibit, 66th Annual DC Chamber of Commerce
Business Awards Gala, Washington, DC
2003-2004 The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (3 juried exhibitions)
2003-2004 Logistics Management Institute, McLean, VA (Arts Council of
Fairfax County, corporate program)
2002-2003 The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (6 juried exhibitions)
2003 National Capitol Art Glass Guild exhibit at Washington Technology
Park, Chantilly, VA
2003 Artisans Center of Virginia, juried Invitational show by members
of the National Capital Art Glass Guild, Waynesboro, VA
2003 Fisher Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, group show by members of the National Capital Art Glass Guild, Alexandria VA
2001-2002 The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (5 juried exhibitions)
2002 Millennium Arts Center, Glass Sculpture Invitational, Washington
2001-2002 Gallery West, Alexandria, VA (monthly member exhibits)
2000-2001 Wilson Center Gallery, Washington, DC (5 juried exhibitions)
2000-2010 The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (over 30 juried
Grants and Awards
2009 Arlington County Virginia Individual Artist Spotlight Grant/Public
Art Grant, recycled glass sculptures, installation in Barcroft Park, Fall 2010.
2009 and 2008 Arlington Country Central Library, Recycled Art Exhibit,
Awards for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
2008 The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Interplay: Humanity and Nature,
Honorable Mention Award
2002 Grand Prize Award, USO Craft/Art Fair, Ft. Meyers, VA
Related Work Experience
2011-2012 Instructor, Adult Education Program, "Becoming a Professional
Artist", Arlington County, VA
2011 Co-Juror, Arlington County Adult Education Program, 1st Juried
2009 National Building Museum, Festival of the Building Arts, demonstrated
recycled kiln-cast glass techniques, 2009 National Capital Art Glass Guild coordinator for this program.
2008 National Building Museum, Festival of the Building Arts, demonstrated
kiln-formed recycled glass techniques.
2007 National Building Museum, Festival of the Building Arts, demonstrated
kiln-formed glass techniques
2015 Book on "Wildlife Art Today, by Cindy Ann Coldiron, Schiffer Publishing.
2013 Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists, by Cindy Ann
Coldiron, Schiffer Publishing.
2011 Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass, by Cindy Ann Coldiron, Schiffer
2010 Art Glass Today, by Jeffery Snyder, Schiffer Publishing.
2009 The Canvas Project, V2: Encyclopedia, photo of glass work on canvas
(“Webtime”), Published by Art house Co-op.
Press and Media Highlights (Selected)
2014 Northern Virginia Magazine, Feature story written by me on
"Teddy the Cat."
2012 Northern Virginia Magazine, Feature story on my book "Sculpture
and Design with Recycled Glass", by Matt Basheda.
2010 GreenDiary.com (article content published by USA Today.com)
2010 Arlingtonians for a
Clean Environment Newsletter
2009 Bourgeon Arts Magazine (online), artist feature.
2009 Sun Gazette newspaper,
2009 Home and Design Magazine,
Spring Edition, photo of glass sculpture.
2007 The Washington Post, Home section, garden design photo, Arlington,
2006 Elan Magazine, Artist
2005 Elan Magazine, February
edition, photo of artwork
2004 The Arlington Connection newspaper, Photo of artwork with
caption, Arlington, VA.