Friday, January 21, 2011

Interview with a star - Alla

Today, we'd like to share an interview with a great glass artist Alla who runs FleetingStillness shop on Etsy.

FleetingStillness stained glass
How have you started working with glass?

I love making things in general and I have been drawing, sewing, knitting and making collages since I was very young. Working with glass always seemed magical to me, something out of this world, not to be tried by mere mortals. I've always wondered how it was done but never had an opportunity to find out. Then one day about 10 years ago I found some tools, a book and a box of glass being sold at a yard sale. I bought it all and that same evening I cut my first piece of glass, wrapped it in foil and soldered it back together. As simple as that. The rest just came naturally with time.

FleetingStillness stained glass
What do you sell and what is so special about your works?
I sell anything I think would be fun to make out of stained glass and have around the house: window panels, sun catchers, candle holders, night lights and lamps. Stained glass is an ancient medium that is very capricious: it is flat and rigid and needs to be positioned and lit in a certain way. All this makes it hard to compete especially with computer-based art. I try to come up with the way for stained glass to fit into the modern lifestyle. I make and sell one-of-a-kind (OOAK) items that I would (and do) use in my house to make it more beautiful and whimsical.

FleetingStillness stained glass
What is most important about your works?
I get a lot of ideas and try to create basic sketches whenever I can. When I make time to work with glass, I pick out a sketch that matches my mood the most. My sketches are very basic and each has a little story associated with it. I let my sketches transform depending on the music I listen to as I work, the story I came up with, and the glass that lends itself to the piece. Very often the panel evolves so much while I work on it that it is hard to trace it to the original sketch... For me this evolution is the greatest part of the process because the finished product then is not just a colorful pattern, it becomes an illustration, a postcard, a mood snapshot.

FleetingStillness stained glass
Which one of your items do you like the most?
I honestly do not have a single favorite item. Glass interacts wonderfully with light and especially with candlelight, so I enjoy making candle holders the most. I am also into making lamps lately - a stained glass lamp can make a huge décor statement. I also love using agate geode slices in my works - they are always gorgeous. Every item is my favorite while I work on it, and then the next one takes its place.

FleetingStillness stained glassFleetingStillness stained glass
This interview is also available in Russian there.

12 comments:

SocksAndMittens said...

What a great feature! It is always nice to know more about our artists.

TonyaUtkina said...

Amazing art work. I actually got a snowflake by FleetingStillness as a Birthday present from one of my friends. The snowflake is so beautiful!

GalaFilc said...

Wonderful works!
I have cottage from Alla, I like it!

Svetlana. said...

very beautiful works!

Katrinshine said...

I love her work!!!

Vikulya said...

Alla,bravo!All your works is great!I think it's so difficult to make.I wish you Good Luke!

hobbiness said...

Wonderful art work! Love it!

IrinaN said...

Wonderful artwork! :)

Olga said...

Love your artwork, Alla!

Iryna said...

Amazing art work! Very beautiful designs! Thank you for your creativity!!

Natalka said...

Beautiful!

Sasha and Veronika said...

Just love her creations! Very beautiful works! Keep going, Alla. Wish you inspiring creativity and all the luck in your endeavors!

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