“La Sala dei Fiori surrounds visitors with vibrant colors, organic shapes and light-filled radiance; a room transformed into a garden of glass.”
-Elijah Kell, the Featured Artist for September.
Elijah’s glassworks combine contemporary methods with elements of ancient artisan
traditions. The essence of Italian glassmaking is infused into his own
distinctive style and modern craftsmanship, offering a fresh
approach to the art of Studio Glass.
As a dyslexic, imagery plays a huge role in my life; it’s why art is my best form of
expression. Glass as a medium fascinates and challenges me. It is both my canvas
and paint; a fusion of concept, color and form.
There are many steps in my process and glass can be an unpredictable medium,
but that’s what keeps me intrigued. I have learned to anticipate the
irregularities of melting glass and appreciate the shifts that occur as a
natural part of that process. Every piece I create is a challenge to conquer. The
outcome of my vision and design work is a balancing act of space and weight, one
that relies on precise layering and my ability to understand how the glass will
flow as it heats, and how it will settle as it cools. I have to work backwards.
Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don’t, but it’s the challenge of the
process that I love most.