Sylvia Chesson is a California glass artist. She's known for her art wall panels and functional art pieces. She studied a variety of art mediums throughout her school years. And she graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor in Studio Arts. After graduation she moved to California and continued to study and practice her art. The past ten years kiln formed glass has been her medium.
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My functional artworks are directly influenced by all the women artisans in my family. Using yarn, fabric and threads they created out of necessity as well as out of a desire for artistic expression. I worked alongside them and learned to translate my own ideas into finished pieces.
Today I use colored strings of glass, glass powders and sheets of glass as my yarns, thread and fabric. With these elements I explore new ways to communicate and share what I learned from these women. My wall panels are glass 'paintings' on a glass substrate which has been fired and sandblasted before applying glass powders and frits. I make stencils over which I sift the powders and frit to create three dimensional soft contours on my images.