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.
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!
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.
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.
View this video to see a glass painting from inspiration to completion.
View this video to see Youghiogheny glass being made.
A minimum of 6 craftsman will touch a piece of handcrafted Youghiogheny Glass.
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.
THIS INSPIRED THIS
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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