Tell us about yourself!
I’m a half-French half-Norwegian glass artist and teacher based in Oslo, Norway, who started working with stained glass in 2008. Along the years I discovered and studied other techniques such as kiln forming, pate de verre and cold working. Then curiosity pushed me further and I now study at the National School of Glass of Sweden.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Hot glass needs to be handled carefully while cold glass is hard but fragile. It makes the process feel like a relationship: we take the time to discover and work together, but we are still able to hurt each other. It's the perfect partner for exploration and creation since it can be alternated in so many ways.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I like to re-think stained glass and step aside its traditional style. I enjoy looking after ways to create space and depth in my designs by working with layers, large background pieces and a lot of clear glass to keep the image humble, almost naked, emphasizing the characters.
Glass blowing has brought fresh inspiration to my work, both for 3D blown objects and flat glass work. I have deep interest in the shape, balance and fluidity within an object while being concerned about its surface structure and texture.
What is your dream project?
Hmm, I have more than one dream project...So here is what they all have in common: larger scale, higher details and finer subtleties.
Why are you a member of GAS?
GAS opens doors to the international glass community and allows me to discover wonderful glass artists and art places. I had an amazing time at the GAS conference 2016 in Corning and I’m looking forward to the next time I’ll be able to participate.
To learn more about Jeanne-Sophie, or to see more of her work, go here.