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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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Smoky Sky
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
SOLD
Alaska by Varda Avnisan (Art Glass Sculpture)
Alaska
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
Sold Out
Striped Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 590
$ 501.50
SOLD
Sedona Sunset 2 by Varda Avnisan (Art Glass Sculpture)
Sedona Sunset 2
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
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Capri
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 950
$ 807.50
Red Vessel
Art Glass Vessel
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Ravelo
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 950
$ 807.50
Arizona Sunrise
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 950
$ 807.50
Blue Forest
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Bird of Paradise Glass V...
Art Glass Vessel
by Varda Avnisan
$ 875
$ 743.75
Morning Glory
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Golden Hour
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Blue and White Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 390
$ 331.50
Venice Variations Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Sapphire and Gold Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Autumn
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
A Forest in Maine
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Amalfi
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Composition # 1
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Composition # 2
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Silver Moon
Art Glass Wall Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Birch Forest in Winter I...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Moonrise on a Snowy Nigh...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,490
$ 1,266.50
Cobalt Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
$ 144.50
Brown Variations Candle ...
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
$ 144.50
Brown and Ivory Candle H...
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
$ 144.50
Woodland Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
$ 144.50
Amore Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
$ 144.50
Broken Geometry Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 490
$ 416.50
Blue Maze Art Glass Scul...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Red, Black, and Gold Art...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Bamboo Forest Art Glass ...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Yellow, Black, and Red A...
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
Tropical Forest
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 970
$ 824.50
Seaside
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Lava Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
$ 510
Santorini Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Summer Art Glass Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
$ 510
Aqua Art Glass Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
$ 510
Silver Art Glass Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 600
$ 510
Spring Blooms
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 971
$ 825.35
Color Explorations
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Iridescent Stripes Art G...
Art Glass Console Table
by Varda Avnisan
$ 2,920
$ 2,482
Flamenco Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 590
$ 501.50
Poppy Field
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Blue and Green Lava Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 950
$ 807.50
Blue Art Glass Table
Art Glass Side Table
by Varda Avnisan
$ 2,595
$ 2,205.75
Tall Blue Wall Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 450
$ 382.50
Blue Vase
Art Glass Vase
by Varda Avnisan
$ 750
$ 637.50
Blue Forest Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 275
$ 233.75
Ocean Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Green Forest Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 290
$ 246.50
Blue Wall Menorah
Art Glass Menorah
by Varda Avnisan
$ 350
$ 297.50
Moonrise
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 480
$ 408
Amazon Bowl
Art Glass Bowl
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Capri Vessel
Art Glass Vessel
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
White Forest
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Lavender Wave
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Sunshine
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
Spring
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Sunrise Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Beyond the Blue Sea
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Textured Red and Gold Pl...
Art Glass Platter
by Varda Avnisan
$ 220
$ 187
Bamboo Forest II
Art Glass Sculpture
by Varda Avnisan
$ 2,450
$ 2,082.50
Orange Candle Holders
Art Glass Candleholders
by Varda Avnisan
$ 170
$ 144.50
Green Platter
Art Glass Platter
by Varda Avnisan
$ 230
$ 195.50
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