Terminal A-West

May 8, 2015 - November 16, 2015 

In 2000, Philadelphia artist Eva Shelley began to work with glass as an artistic medium. Over the years, she has honed her skills to include glass blowing, hot and cold casting, fusing, and lampworking – a technique that uses a torch to melt the glass; once molten, the glass can be blown or shaped.

While studying glass at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Shelley took a floral design class where she was introduced to the art of making flower arrangements using live flowers. The floral design class greatly influenced her approach to glass making as soon afterward she started to create glass flowers and bouquets.

The process that Shelley primarily uses to make her glass floral arrangements is lampworking. Using glass rods and tubing, she is able to sculpt and blow each element into a desired form such as a petal, leaf, or berry. Then, she carefully heat seals the individual glass elements together to slowly build the overall arrangement, petal by petal and leaf by leaf.

Eva Shelley is passionate about her glass art. In addition to creating flowers and bouquets, she also makes glass jewelry. Shelley has said, “Once you find something that truly moves you, it can enhance your life, encourage you to grow, and leave you wanting more. That’s what glass does for me.”

Visit www.evaeglassworks.com.