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Varda Avnisan

" I approach glass as a language: its luminescence and transparency, volume and weight, and qualities of light and shadow are elements I use in translating the visual and sensual realities around me. "

Varda's work is influenced by abstract art, as well as tile and tapestry work of the Mediterranean. Her pieces are born of a half-formed idea, a fragment of narrative, or a particular emotion. The development of each piece from design to execution is a negotiation between the physical hardness of glass and the fluidity of its form and the interplay of color and pattern. Her work is always evolving and she is constantly exploring new ways to bend and break the limits of the medium.

Varda creates her pieces by first designing elements in the form of glass canvases or swatches of fabric. After fusing she cuts those elements and reassembles them according to a design that best creates harmony of color and pattern. She then slumps her pieces into molds to create vessels that can be functional as well as decorative.

Varda has studied extensively with leading glass artists in the US, has taken numerous classes in the Washington, DC area and around the country, including at the Bullseye Glass in Portland Oregon and the Corning Studio in Corning, NY, where she assisted Italian glass artist Miriam Di Fiore in 2007. She is also teaching workshops at Glen Echo Art Glass Center, Glen Echo, MD.

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Golden Summer
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 750
$ 525
A Walk in the Woods
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,160
Lavender Field
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950 - $ 1,450
Bamboo Forest
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
Ocean Matza Plate
Art Glass Platter

$ 180
White City Seder Plate
Art Glass Seder Plate

$ 490
Purple Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
Composition in Red and Black
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,500
Flaming Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,160
Vista in Blue
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950
$ 760
White Forest 2
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,160
Coral
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,250
Barcelona Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
Sonoran Sunset
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
Southwest Vista
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,500
Kaleidoscope
Art Glass Bowl

$ 750
Celestial Blue
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
White Confetti
Art Glass Bowl

$ 490
Coastal Sunrise
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 750
Midnight Forest
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950
$ 760
Green Planet Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
Sedona
Art Glass Bowl

$ 750
$ 600
Santorini II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
Landscape
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
Poppies in a Green Field
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950
$ 760
Mediterranean
Art Glass Bowl

$ 600
$ 480
Geometric
Art Glass Clock

$ 480
$ 384
Modern
Art Glass Clock

$ 480
$ 384
At a Crossroad
Art Glass Bowl

$ 650
$ 520
Sunny Side Up
Art Glass Bowl

$ 550
$ 440
Lava
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,200
$ 840
Windows to the Sun
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
Corfu
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 760
Be My Valentine
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,160
Red and Green Wave Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 750
$ 600
Blue in the Moonlight
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 2,800
Promise of Love
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
Abstract Blue
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
Forest Wave
Art Glass Menorah

$ 490
Windows
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
Amazon
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Venice Sunrise
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 760
Paris After Dark
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
Textured Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 240
Broken Geometry II
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
$ 600
City Square
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Harvest
Art Glass Bowl

$ 750
$ 600
Blue and Red
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,450
City Gates
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 2,450
Abstract Orange
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,160
Black Magic Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
Blue and Orange Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 665
Sunrise Sunset Triptych
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 2,800
Hopscotch Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 1,000
Symphony in Blue
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950 - $ 1,250
Abstract Purple Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 665
Healing Waters
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,900
$ 1,330
Circles in Red
Glass Bowls

$ 950
$ 665
Blue and Green Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,200
$ 960
Striped Christmas Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 480
$ 384
Blue Planet Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 380
Desert Sun Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 390
$ 312
Ruby Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 490
Blue Arc
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
Red Rock Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 875
Venice Vessel II
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 665
Wood Opal Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
Venice Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
Ebony Squares
Art Glass Bowl

$ 380
$ 266
Postcards in Blue
Art Glass Bowl

$ 750
$ 450
Autumn Maze Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 750
$ 600
Autumn Meadow Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 2,450
Black and White Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,200
$ 840
Sahara Desert Wall Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,800
Light on Water Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,200
Flowering Red Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,200
Black and White Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 490
$ 392
Jerusalem Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
Striped Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 590
Red Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
$ 600
Evergreen
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950
$ 760
Sunset Maze
Art Glass Bowl

$ 600
$ 360
Emerald
Art Glass Platter

$ 350
$ 245
Amalfi Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
Composition # 1
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 3,800
Composition # 2
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 3,800
Moonrise on a Snowy Night
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,490
Blue Maze Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 1,000
Santorini Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
$ 600
Elephants
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950
$ 665
Blue Forest Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 350
White Forest
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 1,000
Sunrise Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
Sinai Seder Plate
Art Glass Seder Plate

$ 750
Bamboo Forest II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 2,450
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Creative Crafts Council, Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD, 2007
Excploration in Glass, Art Glass Center, Glen Echo, MD, 2006
Art's Council at Grace, Reston, VA, 2006
Celebration of the Arts, Jewish Community Center of Northern VA, Fairfax, VA, 2008