Today we’d like to introduce you to Crisinda Lyons.
Crisinda, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a native San Diegan with love for exploration and travel. My travels in my childhood to various Pacific islands infused in me a love for nature, light and bright colors. This love of beauty, light and natural patterns continued to deepen during my travels to Europe as an adult. My introduction to the medium of fused glass was over 40 years ago with a one day workshop. I fell in love and knew immediately that glass was my medium. I was so intrigued by the possibilities that I saw in the glass. But, as it will do, life and career happened, and my art was delayed until I was given a gift certificate for fused glass classes in 2011. In these classes, I met a wonderful group of glass artists and our fabulous teacher Bonnie Dull. I was able to develop my medium under Bonnie’s tutelage and the discussions and encouragement of my fellow students.
The love of seeing and dreaming about what pieces of glass want to grow in my imagination. After classes ended with Bonnie, I continued with to widen my artistic vision with classes through Blue Dolphin Art Glass and various other workshops in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New Mexico. Working with many different artists and experiencing the different techniques is very inspiring and really puts my imagination into overdrive. I was also very lucky to meet Patric Stillman, director of The Studio Door Gallery. This chance meeting resulted in my having a working studio in his gallery and being a part of the extraordinary artist community he gathered together. The fascination in working with glass to show its light and life is so strong starting with my very first class 40 years ago and continuing to grow with each piece of glass I pick up.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have a love affair with the medium of kiln-fired fused glass. It is completely fascinating how glass transmits and reflects light as nothing else does. When light passes through glass, it is magic.
The patterns both literal and random I see in nature and space are so beautiful and inspirational. I strive to reflect these qualities in the initial layering of the glass. I use various techniques to create depth, movement and unique patterns in my glass. The art of fusing glass is particularly fascinating because you can design and plan, but you do not have the final say. It is a surrender of a sort as you are really co-creating with the glass and kiln. I love the surprise each time I open the kiln and see my vision made real and what little addition the glass and kiln have added.
The beauty found in glass can rival that of the most precious gems or metal, yet we also find it in the windows of our home or simply holding the water and food at our daily table. I strive for beauty and whimsy as well as function in my work that appeals to both the artistic and the everyday. I love tempting folks to touch and wonder how I made that bit of magic happen.
How can artists connect with other artists?
My advice would be to use social media and go to Art events. I have made some nice contacts through Facebook. I have also met many interesting artists through art events that I have attended. Some other options are classes, signing up for shows, art festivals and talking with folks that have booths.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The Studio Door Gallery is moving to a new location in Hillcrest at 3867 4th Avenue. My Gallery Studio will be available in the next month or so. I have a temporary studio until the end of December at the Collective Impact Center at 3295 Meade Avenue. My hours vary right now due to the impending move. You can call me at 619 672 1176 to arrange a visit or visit my website crisinda.com.
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