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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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Red Striped Art Glass Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 450
$ 382.50
Summertime
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950
$ 807.50
Autumn Woods Art Glass Sculpture II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Ocean View Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,050 - $ 1,450
$ 892.50 - $ 1,232.50
Color Block Art Glass Clock
Art Glass Clock

$ 490
$ 416.50
Abstract Art Glass Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 750
$ 637.50
Autumn Harvest Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Red Geometry Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Amore Art Glass Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 380
$ 323
Aqua Art Glass Clock
Art Glass Wall Clock

$ 490
$ 416.50
Orange Clock
Art Glass Clock

$ 490
$ 416.50
Red and Amber Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 360
$ 306
Blue and Green Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 360
$ 306
Mediterranean Art Glass Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 550
$ 467.50
White Art Glass Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
$ 510
Sedona Art Glass Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 450
$ 382.50
Venice Art Glass Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 580
$ 493
Lavender Field
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950 - $ 1,450
$ 807.50 - $ 1,232.50
Bamboo Forest
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Modern Art Glass Clock
Art Glass Clock

$ 490
$ 416.50
Sapphire Art Glass Seder Plate
Art Glass Seder Plate

$ 380
$ 323
Purple Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
Composition in Red and Black
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Jerusalem Sunset Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
$ 510
Coral
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Sonoran Sunset
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Southwest Vista
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Celestial Blue
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
$ 510
Coastal Sunrise
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 750
$ 637.50
Green Planet Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
Landscape Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Windows to the Sun
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
Blue in the Moonlight
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Promise of Love
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Red and Black Art Glass Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 290
$ 246.50
Abstract Blue
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
$ 510
Windows
Art Glass Menorah

$ 600
$ 510
Forest Wave
Art Glass Menorah

$ 490
$ 416.50
Textured Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 240
$ 204
Paris After Dark
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Autumn Art Glass Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
$ 637.50
City Gates
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 2,450
$ 2,082.50
Composition in Blue Art Glass Wall Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Black Magic Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Sunrise Sunset Triptych
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Symphony in Blue
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 950 - $ 1,250
$ 807.50 - $ 1,062.50
Blue Planet Platter
Art Glass Platter

$ 450
$ 382.50
Ruby Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 750
$ 637.50
Blue Arc
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Celebration in Red Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
Wood Opal Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
$ 637.50
Venice Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Autumn Meadow Art Glass Sculpture
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 2,450
$ 2,082.50
Light on Water Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Amber Striped Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 490
$ 416.50
Blue and White Forest Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 490
$ 416.50
Striped Bowl
Art Glass Bowl

$ 590
$ 501.50
Arizona Sunrise Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Sapphire and Gold Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 750
$ 637.50
Amalfi Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 950
$ 807.50
Composition # 1
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Composition # 2
Art Glass Wall Sculpture

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Moonrise on a Snowy Night
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,490
$ 1,266.50
Blue Forest Menorah
Art Glass Menorah

$ 350
$ 297.50
Sunrise Sunset
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Sinai Seder Plate
Art Glass Seder Plate

$ 750
$ 637.50
Bamboo Forest II
Art Glass Sculpture

$ 2,450
$ 2,082.50
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