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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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California Poppy on Whit...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
California Poppy on Blue...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Large Red Rose and Baby'...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 400
$ 340
Honeysuckle on Cherry Re...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Cherry Blossom Heart on ...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Red Evolution Paperweigh...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 225
$ 191.25
Black Evolution Sculptur...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 225
$ 191.25
Blue Evolution Sculpture
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 225
$ 191.25
Red Graphic Evolution Pa...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Mocha Graphic Evolution ...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Black Graphic Evolution ...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Forget-Me-Not Heart Pape...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Forget-Me-Nots Egg Paper...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Violets Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Forget-Me-Nots Paperweig...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
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 P...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Shawn Messenger
$ 490
$ 416.50
Landscape Series Yellow ...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Shawn Messenger
$ 490
$ 416.50
Red Roses Garden Heart o...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Red Roses Garden Heart o...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Cherry Blossom Heart Pap...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Cherry Blossom Heart on ...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 95
$ 80.75
Daisies Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Sunflowers Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Red Roses Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Poinsettia Paperweight
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Cherry Blossom Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Shawn Messenger
$ 295
$ 250.75
Cherry Blossom Egg
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Cherry Blossom Paperweig...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 155
$ 131.75
Landscape Series Paperwe...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
Landscape Series Paperwe...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
Landscape Series Paperwe...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
Landscape Series Gazing ...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 750
$ 637.50
Landscape Series Perfume...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Gazing ...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 750
$ 637.50
Landscape Series Perfume...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Landscape Series Rose Vi...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
Landscape Series Rose Su...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
Landscape Series Limited...
Art Glass Vase
by Shawn Messenger
$ 1,050
$ 892.50
Yellow Landscape Series ...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Blue Landscape Series Pe...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Turquoise Landscape Seri...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Red and Yellow Roses Bou...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 150
$ 127.50
Landscape Series Vase Ye...
Art Glass Vase
by Shawn Messenger
$ 365 - $ 475
$ 310.25 - $ 403.75
Violet Landscape Series ...
Art Glass Perfume Bottle
by Shawn Messenger
$ 175
$ 148.75
Roses Bouquet Paperweigh...
Art Glass Paperweight
by Shawn Messenger
$ 100
$ 85
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, 2016
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