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Meet Cherrie LaPorte of Cherrie LaPorte Mosaic Glass Artist

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cherrie LaPorte.

Cherrie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I follow my desires ~ I tended to believe that what I want is possible from a young age. I was consistently moving through jobs and locations, not knowing for sure what it was I was supposed to do. I never really knew I would be a professional artist but something kept me going and urged me to try many different jobs, learn new things in many different cities, try new hobbies and so I continued to follow my impulses. Born in Tacoma, Washington and having grown up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest I found myself moving south to California for the change of scenery and sun.

Once in Encinitas, I felt I found a home. I loved the weather, the surf, the activities and the all-around happy vibe of North County San Diego. Here is where I truly started my glass art education and business. Primarily self-taught I immersed myself into fusing glass by buying a kiln and experimenting with glass. From there I created mosaics and wanted to enliven the garden with bright colors of mosaic glass and kinetic glass art. My studio grew, my business did too and my love for glass continued. I started teaching fused glass to anxious students that wanted to make their own creations.

Many things had happened simultaneously during my 25 years of art glass and mosaic making thus leading me to my very fulfilling life today. Living in a charming house overlooking Lake Hodges with my extraordinary husband, Jorge, and my huge glass studio and garden where I get to play daily, I’m living the dream! I encourage others to follow that inner voice to keep doing what they love and then before you know it, life compiles and things blossom into beautiful experiences and a reality of a wonderful life.

I have created public art for libraries and hospitals, gardens and private collections while also donating many of my works of art to raise money for my favorite organizations. I’m honored to have had my glass garden and studio highlighted on “a Growing Passion” aired on KPBS and love to teach others the art of fused glass and mosaics at my spacious studio by the lake. I’m not sure what life will bring me in the future but I know if I follow my heart and move to my own beat, it will be satisfying, I’ll leave a little something beautiful behind and that’s alright with me!

Keep creating, keep following your passions ~

Cherrie La Porte

Has it been a smooth road?
Never is there a smooth road when you are following your dreams. The heartache of wanting something but not always knowing how to get it or what to do can be its own obstacle at times. Questioning oneself can be self-defeating and this is what happened to me. By creating art from my soul, there were moments of certainty and this gave me hope and reassurance that I was on the right path with my glass business.

Obstacles that I had were that I had a divorce, a lack of space to work, not much money and a feeling often that I should just get a normal, secure job and not make a living from my art. All I can say is that I persevered in believing I could do this and things would happen at the right place and the right time to keep my dream alive. To keep me creating in the glass.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I have been blazing new trails creatively and originally in mosaic, fused glass and mixed media for over 27 years in North County San Diego. My abstract contemporary styled designs capture an array of texture, bold colors and eclectic forms and are appealing to the eye while inspiring the imagination.

I have created a large body of artwork of a varied mix of fused glass, mosaic, bronze, metal and found objects from glass jewelry to large architectural glass installations, and life-size bronze sculptures, having been collected in private homes and as public art in libraries, hospitals, gardens and corporate environments over my career. My clientele includes many San Diego residents and tourists as well as national and international collectors with a love for unique glass art.

I’m most proud of my mosaic and fused glass public installations that transform spaces and inspire, heal and bring smiles to the viewers. Three public art installations of mine that I love are the Vista Public Library, Camp Pendleton Hospital, and the Water Conservation Butterfly Pavilion garden. My pieces engage conversations leaving a lasting impression with their brilliant colors and expressive motion. They tell a story stirring the viewer into uplifting, positive feelings.

I teach fused glass and mosaics and my creative workshops and classes have spanned from teaching children to seniors.  I have found that teaching of art glass has inspired many students to start their own careers in fused glass. I love to introduce others to their creative side through the glass. My life exemplifies my passion for art, the garden, nature and all things beautiful.

I think what sets me apart from others is my use of bright colored glass and a variety of textures in designs that have dynamic movement and iconic meanings.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel that there could be more encouragement to buy local art. Maybe have incentives for Corporations or private or public institutions to purchase local artwork to help highlight the talent we have in our great City.

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