Kristi Provasnik is an artist who has chosen glass as her medium. That is somewhat of a rarity these days as it was once part of the arts and crafts movement. It requires artistic design skills and crafts skills and knowledge to produce splendid products.
Kristi produces bowls, frames, jewelry, ornaments, platters, tiles, trays and tables, and sculpture.
“Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass.
Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures 593–677 °C (1,099–1,251 °F) is called slumping. Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures 677–732 °C (1,251–1,350 °F) is considered “tack fusing”. Firing the glass at the higher spectrum of this range 732–816 °C (1,350–1,501 °F) is a “full fuse”.
All of these techniques can be applied to one glass work in separate firings to add depth, relief and shape.”
Consider her artist’s statement.
“I love to create patterns and play with color combinations. Because glass may be cut, crushed, or powdered before it is assembled and fused to create a solid piece, it allows endless possibilities for exploring patterns of lines and color as well as the perception of depth. I am constantly inspired to try combining something new from a wide range of sources—from Art Nouveau and modern graphics to Japanese woodblock prints, from ancient Roman mosaics to Celtic designs, from the National Botanical Garden to my own garden beds. Lately, I find myself drawn to the challenge of integrating mosaic designs with stencils, natural leaf material, and recycled glass. The design possibilities of fused glass challenge and daunt me, but the satisfaction of producing a completed, sleek, shiny new work keeps me going week after week.”
I can tell you from experience, just trying to paint and create Celtic designs is difficult. Try doing that with molten glass and yow.
What does it take to be a glass artists?
“Kristi Provasnik trained professionally as a biologist and Master Gardener and is currently a full-time mom. But she has also studied multiple art mediums to bring her creative imaginations to life, including Sogetsu ikebana and pottery in Miyazaki, Japan; oil painting in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and paper marbling in Arlington, Virginia. In 2006, she began taking classes in kiln formed glass techniques at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo, Maryland. In 2009, she renovated her art studio so she could focus on working in glass. In spring 2011, she was one of six Emerging Artists to exhibit at Glen Echo’s Art Glass Center.”
Her home studio is on tour located at 3004 N Roosevelt Street in Arlington VA.
On Saturday, October 4 and Sunday October 5, 2014 between 1 pm. – 5 p.m. will be the 4th Annual Arlington Art Studio Tour. The community is invited to take part in this popular weekend event held in artist studios throughout Arlington County.
“Featured are a self-guided tour of twenty-three art studios showcasing the work of twenty-five local artists. Works include framed and unframed oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings of many styles; ceramics; sculpture; glass; jewelry; and mixed media. This yearly event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the tour and a downloadable map visit http://www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org/events.html”
Arlington Artists Alliance