Shine the light!
Cecilia Cohen is a glass artist who turns cold, rigid materials into warm, expressive objects: like this Bluelove butterfly suncatcher. She is self -taught and has worn many hats during her lifetime: safety engineer, beekeeper, librarian but her real passion is glass.
I met Cecilia when we both worked in hi-tech. At the time I had heard she designed jewelry but never had the opportunity to see it for myself.
Last winter we met again in Beersheva and she brought along a few pieces of jewelry. Beautiful work!
The center photo shows beads that she made connected with silver opalite.
Later I looked at her website and blog and went ga-ga!
I love bright colours (colour in general brings cheer into our lives) and her glass art is not only colourful but radiates light. The above photo shows a peacock tile with crystals. She created the stained glass around the Brazilian hand painted bead.
Cec – as she calls herself – creates unique, high quality pieces in stained glass, fusing and lampworking. She often combines techniques and unusual materials like: agates, fossils and shards. She creates all her own designs and every piece is one-of -a-kind. Her work includes small items like suncatchers and jewelry as well as larger items such as stained glass windows.
The above panel depicting Jerusalem is one of 4 panels that were commisioned by an American family.
Look at this fabulous lamp.
Here comes the sun……
This was a metal pot on which she glued glass mosaic.
She runs her studio from her home in Livna which is a small community in the Negev exactly between Jerusalem and Beersheva – 45 min. by car. At the moment her studio is under renovation. It’s scheduled to reopen in August, 2009 when she will welcome visitors.
Cec gives workshops to individuals as well as groups. She plans on giving courses for artists as well.
She takes private commissions and has experience shipping internationally. I was happy to read that whenever possible she reuses shipping and packing materials.
You can find many more examples of her gorgeous artwork at Glass & Light, Israel and Flickr. Shop online at Etsy.