Kerry Ellen, Glass Artist
Glass Art Web Site: Kerryellen.wordpress.com
Etsy Store: etsy.com/shop/kvwordsmith
Ever since I heard my Swedish ancestors may have been glassblowers, I have been fascinated by glass. I have always admired Tiffany and Steuben, but I saw myself mainly as a creative writer, not a visual artist. About five years ago I took a flamework beadmaking class – which led to a stained glass class – which led to a fused glass class. Working with hot, cold, and warm colorful glass provides a much-appreciated creative outlet from my day job as a technical writer for Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Glass offers endless possibilities, is re-usable, and recyclable. I see the world more beautifully through the medium and mystery of glass.
For me, glass is all about transformation. You take simple sand, heat it up, and it becomes glass, which can either be liquid or solid, clear or opaque, rough or smooth, cold or hot. Glass is stronger after it has been fired in the kiln. Dichroic glass both transmits and reflects color. Sometimes it changes colors after it has been heated: I’ve put in bright orange glass, and when it cooled off, it was neon green. When I open the kiln to see how everything “cooked”, usually, it’s like Christmas morning, full of happy surprises! But if I don’t like the way a piece turned out, I just recycle it and try again. Glass gives you second chances…
B.S., Organizational Leadership, Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, 2004
Flamework Beadmaking – Alton Stained Glassworks – Lynne Ulett – 2005
Stained Glass – Alton Stained Glassworks – Lynne Ulett – 2006
Fused Glass – Alton Stained Glassworks – Lynne Ulett – 2008
American Glass Guild Workshop, Buffalo, New York – 2009
ARTEAST, October, 2009
ARTEAST, Small Works Exhibit, Jacoby Arts Center, October, 2009
Jacoby Arts Center, Juried Show, July, 2010 (scheduled)
ARTEAST, October, 2010 (scheduled)
ARTEAST, Small Works Exhibit, Jacoby Arts Center, October, 2010 (scheduled)
Various commissions for private collections.
The Stained Glass News (contributed a piece about bead-making), 2006
Donations of artwork to charitable groups to raise money include the Susan G.Komen Foundation, Community Hope Center, leukemia and cancer research, schools, Historic Elsah Foundation, etc.
Jacoby Arts Center (as a glass artist), Madison County Arts Council (as a creative writer)
Soul Food Café (online community of artists and writers)