Carrie Gustafson's joyful aesthetic is a quest for lightness and
luminosity radiating through her colorful, bold modernist glass.
Her intricate patterns are inspired by the natural world.
Technique: on the surface, Gustafson applies an intricate web of stencils on the
top layer of 'flash glass.' Next, sandblasting through to a second,
translucent under-layer reveals a matrix of light.
Experiments in glassblowing while a printmaking major at Rhode
Island School of Design (RISD) ignited her signature style of
intricate patterns on vibrantly colored, hand-blown glass.
RISD, Gustafson's BFA in printmaking was followed by studying glass at
the Pilchuck Glass School (WA); Penland School of Crafts (NC); The
Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass (NY) and at Rosin Studio, on
Murano, Venice's historic 'glass island' in Italy.
On a stable foundation of Studio Glass – vessels and lighting- her
career has gained credibility from national exhibitions, specifically:
in 2006, The Bellevue Arts Museum (WA) Studio Glass – Decorative and
Functional Objects. Followed in 2007 with an exhibition at The Fuller
Craft Museum (MA)– RISD Routes. As well as five Smithsonian Craft
Show(s) from 2003 – 2009 – (D.C), where in 2009, she was the recipient
of the annual award for "Excellence in Glass" and the catalogue cover
featured her vessel.
Since 2008, following a feature in "Best of Boston Home", D Scale
Modern – a South end design showroom awarded 2008 "Best of the New"–
has promoted her work. Including a feature on NECN's Dream Home. For
this new economy (and D Scale) she without compromising aesthetic, or
craft, introduced a line of giftable items in clear glass, as glass
master Rene Lalique did in 1929.
Commissioned works, by Gustafson, are found in restaurants and private homes.
Collections: Corning Museum of Glass. Private acquisitions include
artists Chris Rifkin and Magdalena Campos.
Galleries include: Lori Warner Gallery (CT). Kuivatio Gallery (AZ),
North Water Gallery (MA).
After a decade of making classic vessels with a Venetian-trained glass blower, my palette of colors and pattern language developed. I arrived at the inner light of the vessel by way of breath's imprint - blowing glass - and from sandblasting through the surface of multiple layers of colored "flash glass". This translucent "skin" couldn't have been thinner. Next, slicing vessels in half, I discovered sculptural forms and a new way of working: wall tapestries and sculptures built from interconnected and patterned shards. This direction, built upon a career of making vessels and lighting, returned me to my student days when I used translucent flower petals as if they were stained glass.
My work seeks to honor this lineage; to use the magic and radiance inherent in glass,
to create a visual journal rooted in the spiritual undercurrent, which flows through all matter.