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About the Glass Artist

The artist, Milissa Montini

My work in contemporary glass art is based on exploring form and color in glass with the interaction of light. My designs are timeless, reminiscent of an ancient lure. I use the murrini as the starting point and the basis for my design work.

My murrini work reflects a fascination with specific subject matter selected from personal encounters that have shaped my work and my life. The murrini patterns are abstracted designs found in nature, ranging from the beginning with insects and bugs, moving to the multifaceted field of vegetation in which we live, and expanding to the movement of the sea’s currents and its shells.

Milissa Montini CV in PDF

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

2011   Incendiary Dreams, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2010   A Survey of Contemporary Flameworking, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
    Pittsburgh Adorned: Classic to Contemporary, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA
     
2009   Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    Penland Book of Glass - Master Classes in Flamework Techniques
    Glass Line Magazine 4/5 2009
    Paul Stankard's Survey, Create Virtues onto an object
    Reflections in Glass, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA
     
2008  

International Flameworking Conference, Salem Community College, NJ

     
2007  

International Society of Glass Beadmakers in Minneapolis, MN

     
2007  

Winchester Thurston Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, Glass Show, Oct. 19 – Nov. 16
Snyderman Gallery, Wheaton Village, NJ, Glass Weekend
James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, Glassified

     
2006  

SOFA NY, Snyderman-Works Gallery

     
2005   SOFA NY, & SOFA Chicago, Snyderman-Works Gallery
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, NJ, Snyderman-Works Gallery
     
2004   SOFA NY, & SOFA Chicago, Snyderman-Works Gallery
     
2003  

Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, NJ, Snyderman-Works Gallery
Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH

     
2002  

Glass: Diverse Expressions, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
30th Annual International Glass Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

     
2001  

SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery            
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, NJ
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Passing the Torch, West End Gallery, Corning, NY

     
2000  

SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

     
1999  

SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, NJ            
Designer Showcase, Minds Eye Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

     
1998   Society of Glass Bead Makers Show, G.A.S. Conference, Seto, Japan
     
1997-1998   Art for Aids, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
     
1997  

Debut! 1st Annual Group Invitational, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery,
Pittsburgh, PA

     
1996  

Riverside Design Group, Seoul, Korea
The Glass Eye Gallery, Seattle, WA

     
1995  

Art Show for the Homeless, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Metalsmiths Society, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Transmutation, Space 101, The Brew House, Pittsburgh, PA
Faculty Show, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Art of the Horse, Main Exhibit Gallery, Ligonier, PA

     

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2007  

Fundacion Centro Nacional del Vidrio, La Granja, Spain,
Instructor: Fusion and Slumping, Sept. 2007

GAS Conference Presenter, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2007

ISGB Gathering Conference Presenter, Minneapolis, MN, July 2007

     
2006  

The Glass Center Hilliards, PA
Instructor: Murrini Making: Flamework and Fusing

     
2004  

Private Studio, Aliquippa, PA
Instructor: Advanced Fusing Techniques

     
2000-1998  

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Assistant to instructor: Paul Stankard

     
2000  

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Assistant to instructor: Paul Stankard

     
1998  

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Assistant to instructor: Loren Stump

     
1994-1999  

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Instructor: Hot Glass Bead Making

Sweetwater Art Center, Sewickley, PA
Instructor: Hot Glass Bead Making & Fusing

     
1997  

Connie Hill-Rosenthal Studio, Youngstown, OH
Instructor: Hot Glass Bead Making & Fusing

     
1996  

Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA
Instructor: Hot Glass Bead Making

Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
Instructor: Hot Glass Bead Making

     

EDUCATION

2005  

Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA
The Graven Image - Instructor: Jiri Harcuba

     
2004  

The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Core Formed Vessels - Instructor: Iwao Matsushima

     
2002  

The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Glass Blowing - Instructor: Bill Gudenrath (2 classes)

     
1997  

The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Glass Blowing at Torch - Instructor: Cesare Toffolo

     
1996  

Hot Glass Horizons, Corning, NY
Murrini Canes and Figurative Beads - Instructor: Loren Stump
Borosilicate Marbles - Instructor: Kevin O'Grady

     
1995  

Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA
Jewelry Making Techniques - Instructor: Boris Bally

     
1993  

Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA
Heat Formed Glass: Advanced Fusing and Bead Making - Instructor:
Gil Reynolds Advanced Bead Making; Lamp Working Techniques - Instructor:
Linda Huneycutt-LeGrande

     
1992  

Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA
Introduction to Bead Making and Fusing Techniques - Instructor:
Linda Huneycutt-LeGrande

     
1976  

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Major: Ceramics Minor: Glass

     

PUBLICATIONS

2009   Penland Book of Glass - Master Classes in Flamework Techniques
    Glass Line Magazine 4/5 2009
    Paul Stankards Survey, Create Virtues onto an object
     
2007   New Glass Review 28
     
2006   25 Years of New Glass Review
     
2003   NY Arts, Glass: Interpretations on a Vision
     
2002  

New Glass Review 23
Vetro January/March 2002 Figurative Murrina in the United States by Dinah Hulet

     

COMMISSION

2001   Mystery Sphere for Dan Daley
     

 

 

 

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