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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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Sahara Desert Wall Sculp...
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
Pink Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 380
Pink Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
Light on Water
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
Flowering Red
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
Wave Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
Jerusalem Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
Smoky Sky
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
Striped Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 590
Blue Forest
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
Arizona Sunrise
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 950
Golden Hour
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
Morning Glory
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
Autumn
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
Composition # 1
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 3,800
Silver Moon
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
Composition # 2
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 3,800
Amalfi
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
Amore Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
Woodland Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
Brown and Ivory Candle H...
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
Cobalt Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
Brown Variations Candle ...
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
Tropical Forest
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 970
Seaside
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
Lava Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
Santorini Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
Color Explorations
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
Spring Blooms
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 971
Iridescent Stripes Art G...
Art Glass Console Table
by Varda Avnisan
$ 2,920
Flamenco Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 590
Poppy Field
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
Blue Art Glass Table
Art Glass Side Table
by Varda Avnisan
$ 2,595
Blue Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
Blue Forest Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 275
Ocean Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
Blue Wall Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 350
Moonrise
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 480
Amazon Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
Capri Vessel
Art Glass Vessel
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,500
White Forest
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
Sunshine
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,450
Sunrise Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
Beyond the Blue Sea
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
Bamboo Forest II
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 2,450
Orange Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
Green Platter
Art Glass Platter
by Varda Avnisan
$ 230
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Celebration of the Arts, Fairfax, VA, Jewish Community Center of Northern VA, 2008
Creative Crafts Council, North Bethesda, MD, Strathmore, 2007
Excploration in Glass, Glen Echo, MD, Art Glass Center, 2006
Art's Council at Grace, VA, Reston, 2006