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Shawn Messenger

Shawn E. Messenger

"I create my work with attention to detail, expression, and a little mystery so as to draw the viewer into my world. I would describe my work as impressionistic, inspired by flowers and gardens. I use a three-dimensional canvas of glass to produce landscapes with painterly effects. "

Glass artist Shawn Messenger describes her work as "gardens of glass, where you do not have to weed or water, and everything grows perfectly. If you get tired of the view, just turn the piece to find something new!" Messenger creates her pieces in her urban studio, but her inspiration comes from the flower and vegetable gardens at her home. The details and colors of flowers have always intrigued her, along with the amazement of watching something grow.

Messenger starts her work by creating colorful glass cane with an interior shaped like a flower. The cane is then sliced into small cross sections known as murrini. The murrini are arranged into floral compositions, heated, and then picked up with the blow pipe on a background of layered glass powders and chips. After the murrini are fused to the surface, a layer of clear glass is added and the piece is blown into its final shape.

Shawn Messenger graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in glass. She was among the first wave of women to receive a degree in glass from the Institute. Messenger attended the Pilchuck Glass School and studied with Dale Chihuly and Italo Scanga. She also attended Penland School of Crafts, studying with Richard and Jan Ritter and Dinah Hulet, concentrating on murrini.

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Blue Wildflower Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 495
$ 420.75
California Poppies Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 325
$ 276.25
Sunflowers Cased Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 310
$ 263.50
Wildflowers Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 340
$ 289
California Poppies Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Red Roses Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 310
$ 263.50
Pink Roses Bouquet Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 155
$ 131.75
Poppy, Violet & Mango Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 155
$ 131.75
Cherry Blossom Heart on White
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Honeysuckle Heart Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Black Evolution Sculpture
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 225
$ 191.25
Blue Evolution Sculpture
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 225
$ 191.25
Mocha Graphic Evolution Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 175
$ 148.75
Forget-Me-Not Heart Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Forget-Me-Nots Egg Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Forget-Me-Nots Cased Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 310
$ 263.50
Landscape Series Vase Blue
Art Glass Vase

$ 265
$ 225.25
Violets Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Landscape Series Vase Ruby
Art Glass Vase

$ 265
$ 225.25
Landscape Series Vase Lime
Art Glass Vase

$ 265
$ 225.25
Forget-Me-Nots Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Cherry Blossom Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 375
$ 318.75
Yellow Pear Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 95
$ 80.75
Green Pear Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 95
$ 80.75
Landscape Series Green Pear
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 490
$ 416.50
Landscape Series Yellow Pear
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 490
$ 416.50
Red Roses Garden Heart on Black
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Red Roses Garden Heart on Blue
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Cherry Blossom Heart on Aqua
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Red Roses Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Sunflowers Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Daisies Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Cherry Blossom Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 310
$ 263.50
Cherry Blossom Egg
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Cherry Blossom Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 160
$ 136
Ruby Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 175
$ 148.75
Rose Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Gazing Ball
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 750
$ 637.50
Violet Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 175
$ 148.75
Turquoise Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 175
$ 148.75
Yellow Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 175
$ 148.75
Roses Bouquet Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

$ 100
$ 85
Blue Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

$ 175
$ 148.75
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Buyers Market of American Crafts, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia PA, 2013
ACC Baltimore Craft Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD, 2017
Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek WI, 2016
500 Glass Objects, Lark Books, Asheville NC, 2006
Sense and Scentalbility, Philabaum Gallery, Tuscon AZ, 2009
Collections
Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Bergstrom Mahler Museum, Neenah WI, 2012