painting with glass

Terri chose glass as her medium because of the depth, brilliance, reflection  and refraction
that can only be found in glass.   She uses Youghiogheny Glass, handcrafted in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
This glass is world renowned for its uncompromising quality and colors that were designed to recreate the magnificent colors of nature.  

Youghiogheny Glass has an aesthetic uniqueness of color, textural waves, striations,  random bubbles and a variety of other natural effects -
each piece of glass is an original piece of art in itself.  


get lost in the details of her glass art

Her  intention is for the eye to move freely from one tesserae (piece of  glass) to another, without interruption. Therefore, she butt-joints the tesserae - they are not fused. Terri's glass art pieces are designed to view from a distance and  slowly pull you in, giving you the opportunity to get lost in the  design, details, technique and glass. 

Look closely at each of  her glass paintings and you’ll find a tiny piece of gold smalti – it’s  her signature, a reminder of the mosaic that inspired her  while walking the streets of Montepulciano.


please touch tHe art

Please, TOUCH the art! 

When visiting art galleries and exhibitions people are constantly instructed: “Do not touch.”  

What Terri finds intriguing is when a person approaches one of her glass paintings with the desire to touch it.  They are compelled to gently guide their fingertips over the glass art - and she encourage them to do so,  

as this pulls them in even closer to the art.



Are her pieces glass paintings or glass sculptures? They are both.
The  style of Terri’s glass art remains consistent – it emulates her  illustration style 

and her concepts, design, technique and medium  clearly differentiates her work.


Glass art created one piece at a time

Light  beautifully reflects off this glass and the magnificent colors and  textures allow her to create 

pieces with a dynamic sense of movement,  depth, highlights and shadows, subtle variations 

and dramatic contrasts.   
Her glass art paintings are created one piece at a time. Using tools that glass artists have used for centuries, she hand-cuts the  glass into long thin strips with various widths. These strips of glass  become her palette. With meticulous precision, and NOT fused, she places them  side-by-side, building colors and textures similar to a painter with  brushstrokes.

 She adds dimension to her work with a relief-style technique, use of resins and a painterly method 

to move color. 


“Terri's  glass paintings are so lovely, even though I've watched videos of her  process, I STILL don't know how she does it!  She captures the soul and  beauty of nature in such a unique way, I feel an immediate sense of  peace and connection to the natural world when I view her work.” 

                                                                 – Carrie C.

painting with glass - the process

View this video to see a glass painting from inspiration to completion.

my glass of choice

View this video to see Youghiogheny glass being made. 

A minimum of 6 craftsman will touch a piece of handcrafted Youghiogheny Glass. 

creating her palette

Terri hand-cuts the glass into long thing strips and these strips become her palette.  It's completely fulfilling and at times totally frustrating, 

but it's part of the process.



"With Perseverance"

Spring brings with it hope -

and the magnificent Magnolia blossoms.  

With stunning blossoms and a delicate scent, 

I am captivated by these flowers 

that represent feminine beauty and gentleness and symbolize a love for nature. 


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Terri Albanese - Painting with Glass (614) 781-1141