posted on 9:49 AM, September 5, 2016
Perspective Inversion. 2014. Oil on blown glass. H 25.25" x W 13" x D 10"

Tell us about yourself!
My name is Steven Ciezki (Chess-key). I was raised in Calumet City, Illinois and first began working with glass eight years ago at Illinois State University. I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona and work out of a local glass studio as a professional artist.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I have found the glassblowing process to be the most exciting and performative vehicle of artistic creation. Glassblowing demands one to think on their feet and become extremely versatile and sensitive to the present moment in multiple regards. My work utilizes three-dimensional patterning and color of the glass as representational components in forced perspective ‘paintings’.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
My themes and ideas are inspired by travel and experience. The selected imagery involves a prevalent light source, depth, layering, and required viewer interaction of memorialized scenes from my environment.

What's something about you that most people don't know?
I am writing and illustrating a glassblowing book called Life on the Rails: Intermediate and Advanced Glassblowing Techniques. It currently has 48 chapters with 270 pages containing detailed drawings and explanations of common glass blowing processes. Look for its release in 2017!

My fiance was the principle oboist for the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia and Hercegovina for four years and will soon be studying in Switzerland towards her masters in oboe performance. If all goes as planned, I will be travelling Europe to look for opportunities to teach and work at various studios.

Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of the Glass Art Society because of the incredible wealth of information and opportunity that the organization has to offer. Supporting GAS means preserving a future for all generations that work in the marvelous medium of glass.

Visit Steven Ciezki's GAS member profile here.

Multistable Figure 1. 2014. Blown and sandblasted glass, wood. H 12" x W 18.5" x D 8.5"
Cornered. 2010. Blown glass, wallpaper, colored pencil. H 26" x W 21" x D 21"

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