Tell us about yourself!
Hello! My name is Christine Barney and I have been a glassmaker for 40 years. Born and raised near Corning, New York, my sculpture draws from a deep immersion in the world of glass. With a studio in Jersey City, New Jersey for 23 years, I owe a debt of gratitude to the many teachers who have furthered my creative development; Bill Happel at Goddard College, Andre Billeci and Fred Tschida at Alfred Univ., Bertil Vallien, Lino Tagliapietra and Klaus Moje at Pilchuck, Livio Seguso on Murano, Susan Balshor in Seattle, Dan Clayman in Corning.
What draws you to the material you work with?
Glass is seemingly part of me. Light and color are magical in their continued revelation. I aim to always be curious, each sculpture inspires the evolution of one step further. By working in both cast glass and hot glass, my vocabulary of sculptural form finds a voice in light and color.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My pieces are abstract organic form. My goal is to portray an unspoken feeling, to capture a fleeting glimpse, or reference a sensory experience.
What is your dream project?
To create large, even HUGE, sculptures! That would be amazing!
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I can't truly imagine being separated from glass but, maybe restoration of historic homes and properties, maybe an architect. I like creating something from nothing, or creating from disparate elements that become something totally new.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I once drove a pick up truck loaded with barrels of cullet for 50 miles without brakes. I drove about 30 mph and used the clutch and transmission to slow down to a crawl, when needed. Why, you ask? It was back in the day, on country roads, no cell phones, no money, no credit cards. Yup, I'm still here to talk about it.
Why are you a member of GAS?
GAS is a great community. It has always offered a welcome to everyone with an interest in glass. I've learned a lot over the years at different GAS conferences. Thank you GAS!