By Stephanie Baness
Why glass? I am asked that question a lot. Art was a major part of my life growing up. In school, I was always drawing and trying different techniques; on the weekends my parents took us to various Chicago institutions including The Art Institute, Field Museum and DuSable Museum. After a robust art education in high school, I decided I wanted to be an artist, but when I went to college, creating did not come easy to me. While I enjoyed exploring different mediums like photography and drawing, I found it hard to express myself. Although art was always in my life, I could not find the passion to make it the center of my life. Fast forward to the end of a career in legal administration and the start of a long distance relationship, and I found myself at a crossroads. I took a leap of faith, moved Canada and went back to school to learn how to work with glass. I spent three years at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario learning many aspects of how to work with this elusive substance.
Glass changed my life. I cannot express how much I love working with this material. Glass challenges me everyday, forcing me to think about what I want to make and how to achieve my vision. For the first time, I understand having passion for art - I finally found my material.
Today, I am working in my studio in Passaic, NJ. I design and create everything here and I am happy to be a part of a vibrant community of artist and artisans in the New York metropolitan area.