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SOAR Welcomes Glass Artist Jessica Carrara

Sunflower Path, glass art by Jessica Carrara

Sunflower Path, glass art by Jessica Carrara

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome glass artist Jessica Carrara to the Visual Artists Directory! We hope you will join us in a warm welcome by visiting her listing and using the links to visit her website and Facebook page, and giving her page and posts a like. Here’s more about the artist in her own words:

I have always liked to draw and paint. Before I ever touched a piece of stained glass I used draw stained glass designs because I liked the line drawings. Once I learned how to craft glass into stained glass panels in the early 80’s, I was hopelessly hooked. Over the years I have explored mosaics, sandblasted glass, torch work and fused glass. I love it all! Each medium of glass work offers its own unique qualities and can be combined with other facets until you have an incredible piece of work.

Fall Birches, glass art by Jessica Carrara

Fall Birches, glass art by Jessica Carrara

In 1983 I started my first stained glass studio and knew that I would be doing this the rest of my life. Thirty years, and many commissions, classes and clients later it has all been a great investment of time. I attended the World Glass Congress Expo in Las Vegas, Reno and Seattle. I was on the Board of Directors for the International Guild of Glass Artists from 1992-1995. I had the pleasure of doing work for Jimmy Buffett in the mid-nineties and Sammy Hagar’s website in the late nineties. I have completed 7 large church windows for Zion Lutheran Church in Medford since 2000. I received a Ruby Award in 2013 from the North Valley Soroptimists for our Flowers of Hope; a program where our students and customers build 8” x 8” glass panels to be given to women diagnosed with breast cancer. We collect them all year, have an Artist’s Reception with all the panels on display, then deliver them to Women’s Imaging at Rogue Valley Hospital for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. This is our 10th year and we have collected over 600 panels.

Crow, glass art by Jessica Carrara

Crow, glass art by Jessica Carrara

The last few years I have been concentrating more on glass fusing. The challenge with stained glass, for me, was to get more detail in the design. Fused glass really allows you to do that. Stained glass done well, can be difficult, exacting and demanding. Glass fusing is more free and open and the possibilities are endless.

 

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