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Art & Life with Frank Casciani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Frank Casciani.

Frank, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
In 1989 There was a Fabrege exhibit that changed my life. The pieces were so striking I was in awe. I found a small shop in San Diego that made decorated eggshells.I attempted to take a class and was told this is not what men do. At that time I started playing with eggs and trying out different techniques trying to make a more masculine contemporary design with my eggshells. A lot of what I do is self-taught, Things started moving, and people were interested in my designs.

I attempted to make a Kaleidoscope out of pieces that I was able to collect from my local home depot. I took quite a few Kaleidoscopes apart to figure out the inside. I successfully made a Kaleidoscope and thought wow I could sell these. I made one for a Gallery that was at the time in Orange County.

At the show, I met a very special person. Janice Chesnik of Chesnik Kaleidoscopes. I found out she lived in San Diego and soon became my mentor and life long Friend. She taught me the inner workings and the art of the business of Kaleidoscopes. I then stumbled across the Spanish Village Art Center and thought how great it would be to get some studio space in Balboa Park and to be able to sell my work. I have now been a member of this diverse group of artists since June 2000. I have successfully run a wholesale business of Kaleidoscopes and my egg designs, and now I am the only Decorated egg shop in the country.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Kaleidoscope is my passion. To able to see the spark in one’s eyes as they look through a kaleidoscope for the first time. The amazement the smile that is my main drive. The Kaleidoscope is an eye-opening experience to beauty magic and power.
All of my work is made out of a natural eggshell. Through a lengthy process of layer on top of a layer of paints and lacquers and resins. Each egg is then designed into a Kaleidoscope or decorated eggshell. My artwork is a piece that can be handed down to generations as an heirloom to the absolute collectors of Kaleidoscopes.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Being able to get your artwork out there and in the hands of people to enjoy. Being able to get studio space and retail space in an area that is known for its artwork and working artists studios

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a small working artist studio in Balboa Park Spanish Village Art Center; Studio 14 is my Gallery and working studio. I also have work around the world from Harrods in England to a one and only Japanese Kaleidoscope Museum. Several dignitaries from the Crown Prince of Japan to the Dahli Llama. The Dahli Llama was gifted a piece of my work and from then on it was simple karma that has let to my 30 years plus hobby craft artwork

Contact Info:

  • Address: Studio 14
    Spanish Village Art Center
    1770 Village Place
    San Diego CA 92101
  • Website: www.designsinshell.com
  • Phone: 619 985 3447
  • Email: frankc@designsinshell.com
  • Facebook: studio 14 Spanish village Art center

Image Credit:
Michael Calas www.dezynable.com

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1 Comment

  1. Shelly Huddleston

    April 29, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Franks work is amazing! If you have not been to his shop it is a must see!! I’m from Maryland and I go as often as possible! I have gifted his items to friends and they are all amazed at the beauty. You will not be disappointed!!

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