Tessa Hill is a borosilicate glass torch sculptor, known for her intricate plants and animals. Themes that are common in her work are magic realism, life cycles, environmental activism, and humor. Tessa makes sculptural decor and miniatures as well as jewelry. She recently launched a line of honey bee jewelry that contributes financially to pollinator conservation. Tessa began focusing on torch work glass at the end of her college career in Burlington, Vermont where she completed an evolving apprenticeship at Eye and I Glass with Eric Nelson 2006. Tessa has also completed in-depth workshops with glass sculpture masters at Corning Museum of Glass, Snow Farm Craft School and around New England. Tessa now lives and blows glass in Saint Albans, Vermont where she lives with her husband, sheepdog, cat and chickens. Tessa's art work is enabled by her deep respect for glass; it's ability to capture and transform light, and the fluid way that it can mimic organic forms. The history tied to the ancient Venetian techniques informs Tessa's process and choice of subject. Tessa has always been drawn to spend time in nature, and a commitment to environmental conservation is tied to her passion for sculpting natural forms. Each work of art serves as a microscope to highlight a beautiful aspect of nature, allowing the viewer to explore and connect to it. Her glass serves to mimic the delicacy and fragility found in the living ecosystems of Earth.
Classes with Tessa Hill
Sep 24 - Sep 27