Welcome to our new Artist Profile feature. Each month, we will interview an artist who has been involved with Art Access Gallery, either as an exhibiting artist, mentor, teacher or 300 Plates participant. We hope you enjoy getting to know the local artists who help make Art Access a diverse and enriching resource for creativity and art.
Getting to Know Artist, Sarinda Jones
Q. You're primarily a glass artist. What originally drew you to this medium and how did you develop your craft?
A. I would say that I am known more for my kiln-formed glass and have international recognition in this medium. Yet, I originally went to school for fine art and art history. Funny that I did not find kiln-formed glass as a medium until I was 28 years old. I discovered marbles at a local antique shop and fell in love. So I would say that was the very first draw. Then I jumped in with both feet. I applied to Dale Chihuly Pilchuck Glass School in 2003 and the rest is history. I am always taking workshops to stay up on current techniques and what is going on in the world of glass. In 2011 I spent some time at a glass residency in Lybster, Scotland studying kiln formed glass in the architectural environment.
Q. How did you first become involved with Art Access?
A. In 2003 I was able to secure my studio space with ArtSpace and the Art Access Gallery was located on the Pierpont Dock. Of course I made friends with Amanda Finlayson and Ruth Lubbers.
You've taught many workshops for Art Access, including the Teen and Adult Workshops, and most recently, the Veterans Workshops. Can you tell us about your experience with that?
I love to teach. My passion is to help people find the art of creation and the uplifting feeling we get when we create. Sharing the knowledge of "How to Create" changes people's lives forever. My commitment in 2013 is to teach in various platforms. I feel that if I personally were exposed to the medium of glass earlier in life it would have given me more choices. Not that I have a regret, I just want to make kiln formed glass a choice for others. Teaching with Art Access has been a self-fulfilling journey. I feel that my students give so much back to me. It is truly amazing to be able to share my passion with people who are so thirsty for the creative process.
Q. Where do you find inspiration for your work?
A. I love science and looking at microscopic imagery. I also just love to play with color, textures and the process of glass. I ofetn find myself asking, "What if I do this?" That leads me down a path for a new body of work.
Q. Anything else you'd like our readers to know about you?
A. I do some design work with crafting companies. I love to work with paper, origami, painting, cutting and just plain old crafty things. My hands are always busy.
You can see more of Sarinda's work by visiting her website at: www.SarindaJones.com ; or on her blog at: www.ReflectiveArtStudio.blogspot.com