Crista Matteson

Tell us about yourself.

A BFA, Textile graduate, from the California College of Art, she went on to study sculpture when awarded merit scholarships for Gage Academy’s Sculpture Atelier program and studied Metalworking and Glass Casting at Pratt Fine Art Center. She has been an assistant instructor at Corning Glass Museum and Pratt Art Center.

What draws you to the material you work with?

The spontaneity of sculpting wax feeds my intuitive side. I enjoy the challenge of engineering complex forms, pushing the limits of casting glass. Aesthetically, I feel the transparency of glass reflects the ethereal quality of our ecosystem.

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

My narrative leaning sculptures live in a space that gives equal importance to the real and the imagined wonders of the natural world. Interactions with and observations of the Pacific Northwest wild spaces are woven into my themes.

Why are you a member of GAS?

Being a GAS member connects me to the local and world wide glass community.

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