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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California Poppies Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 160
$ 136
Wildflowers Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

by Shawn Messenger
$ 340
$ 289
Poinsettia Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

by Shawn Messenger
$ 395
$ 335.75
Red Roses Vase
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 310
$ 263.50
Pink Roses Bouquet Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Poppy, Violet & Mango Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Cherry Blossom Heart on White
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Red Evolution Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 225
$ 191.25
Black Evolution Sculpture
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 225
$ 191.25
Blue Evolution Sculpture
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 225
$ 191.25
Mocha Graphic Evolution Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Red Graphic Evolution Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Forget-Me-Not Heart Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Forget-Me-Nots Egg Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Forget-Me-Nots Cased Vase
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 310
$ 263.50
Landscape Series Vase Blue
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 265
$ 225.25
Violets Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Landscape Series Vase Ruby
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 265
$ 225.25
Landscape Series Vase Lime
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 265
$ 225.25
Forget-Me-Nots Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Cherry Blossom Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

by Shawn Messenger
$ 375
$ 318.75
Yellow Pear Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Green Pear Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Landscape Series Green Pear
Art Glass Sculpture

by Shawn Messenger
$ 490
$ 416.50
Landscape Series Yellow Pear
Art Glass Sculpture

by Shawn Messenger
$ 490
$ 416.50
Cherry Blossom Heart on Aqua
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Red Roses Garden Heart on Blue
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Red Roses Garden Heart on Black
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Sunflowers Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Daisies Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Red Roses Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Cherry Blossom Vase
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 310
$ 263.50
Poinsettia Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Cherry Blossom Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Cherry Blossom Egg
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Landscape Series Perfume Ruby
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Perfume Rose
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Gazing Ball
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 750
$ 637.50
Yellow Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

by Shawn Messenger
$ 375
$ 318.75
Blue Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Vase Yellow Gold
Art Glass Vase

by Shawn Messenger
$ 365 - $ 475
$ 310.25 - $ 403.75
Turquoise Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Roses Bouquet Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight

by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
Violet Landscape Series Perfume
Art Glass Perfume Bottle

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