MEET THE ARTIST – DONNA SLEVIN
I began my love of glass sitting in church looking at the light reflecting through the stained glass windows, always wondering how something so beautiful could be created. It was in my early 20’s that I took my first stained glass class. There was not a lot of information available at the that time so I did a lot of experimenting. I never stopped learning. I built and worked in my home studio for years honing my skills. I started doing commissions for private homes and teaching friends and family. I have worked on several historic restorations projects including several in downtown Westfield. I continue to take classes whenever and whereever they are available. In 2010 I bought my first kiln. My love of all things glass blossomed. Warm glass changed my entire perspective and vision of what is possible with glass.
Warm glass offered me the ability to advance my creativity. Any free time finds me creating works of glass art. I am a natural teacher and love sharing my craft with others. I have traveled around the world. Morano in Venice has some of my favorite glass studios. I also enjoyed visiting old churches in Ireland to admire the antique glass windows. I spent many hours in the Cathedral of Notre Dame studying the composition. I visited the glass flower ceiling of Chihuly in Las Vegas. I decided in 2016 to open Kick Glass Art Studio. I want to inspire others to understand that they too can create beautiful works of art with glass.
Emily Lenox joined our team in May of 2018. She is a Cranford High School alumni. Emily learned how to work with glass in her junior year art class where she completed a mosaic project. She quickly learned how to do stained glass and has completed a few of our class samples. In addition she enjoys fused glass and many of our fused glass class samples are her works of art. Emily is the organizer and instructor for our kids parties and she keeps the kilns firing when at the studio. Among her hobbies outside of the studio are soccer and she is an owner and handler of Tibetan Terrier show dogs. Stop by the studio and you may see her dog, Lexi.