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Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

July 2, 2012 6:00 AM

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Made from sand and transformed by fire, there’s almost a magical quality about the art of glass. Here is a substance that not only captures light, but radiates its own luminescence from within. With an ancient history and jewel-like quality, glass sparkles more brilliantly than any other artwork. It is as fine as it is fragile and as original as its imaginative creators. In Connecticut, there are many glass makers, studios and galleries. Here is a sampling of the top art spots for glass in the Nutmeg state.
petergreenwood Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

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Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio, Gallery & School
3 Robertsville Road
Riverton, CT 06065
(860) 738-9464
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Visit Peter Greenwood’s studio, gallery and glass blowing school and you’ll want to spend time checking out the showroom where everything from hand-blown glass chandeliers to goblets and jewelry are displayed. Located in the Historic Union Church, which was built in 1829, Greenwood’s studio specializes in custom design work. Repairs and installations for corporate and private locales are also available. Enroll in a class or just come in for a look at the beauty behind this art medium.

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bovano Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

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Bovano
830 S Main St
Cheshire, CT 06410
(888) 816-9766
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When it comes to glass art, Bovano’s of Cheshire has taken glass in a different direction. By combining copper and glass techniques, the company has distinguished itself with amazing glass and metal sculptures. The art is created from start to finish in the Cheshire studio. Highly-skilled craftsmen make each piece that is available not only in the store, but also in a catalog, which can be found online and browsed through from the comfort of your home. Choose from various decorative pieces that would look great in your home or in a birthday gift bag to your dearest friend.

artsoul Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

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Art & Soul
645bb Poquonock Ave
Windsor, CT 06095
(860) 688-4333
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Art & Soul is a gallery and studio that showcases the work of its owners/operators Lis-el and Alex Crowley, as well as the work of other local artists and artisans. According to its website, one of the art forms they take great pride in is “fused glass.” It is described as a technique that can be “extremely gratifying from the very beginning. People who have felt creatively challenged for years, and are total beginners, can make pieces that take your breath away. What an empowering experience it is for them.” Bench times and classes are available. Check online to see what works for your schedule.

jcartglass Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

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JC ArtGlass Designs LLC
59 North Harbor
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 481-0408
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It’s impossible to talk about glass art without including something about stained glass. J.C. Art Glass Designs in Branford, Connecticut is a leader in the field of stained-glass restoration and fabrication. J.C. is often commissioned to create original, stained-glass doors for kitchen cabinets and windows as well as unique glass tiles made of fused glass. Take a look at her portfolio on her website and you will marvel at the vividness and creativity in her glasswork. There is also a studio at the site where her work is beautifully showcased. Well known for her restoration of stained-glass windows in historic churches throughout Connecticut, J.C’s work is also recognized and highly regarded in public sites throughout the country.

vasiloffstainedglass Top Spots For Glass Art In Connecticut

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Vasiloff Stained Glass Studio
4-1 Craig Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-9770
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Another studio and gallery that specializes in stained glass is Vasiloff’s Stained Glass Studio. Vasiloff’s has experience with all types of custom-made glass including stained, beveled and etched glass. Marsha Vasiloff Abrahamson has more than 40 years of experience. She created 2000 windows for Foxwoods Casino and Hotel, serving as an extremely impressive display of talent. Currently, she is working on a restoration project for an old stone church in Trumbull. Her online gallery showcases some of her creations. If you want to pay a visit to her studio, it is by appointment only. However, if you want to see her finished pieces, head to The Hidden Gallery on Halls Road to see some of her collection for purchase.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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