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. The pieces
that I make are created using the Italian technique called murrini
sometimes known as millifiore (a thousand flowers). The murrini
represents the flower in the landscape and is the inspiration for my work.
Small glass pieces and powders that float together on the surface of the
glass represent the landscape. As an artist, I work hard to develop glass
pieces that speak to both me and others about the beauty that exists in the
world of nature. The challenge is create something that can draw the
viewer into my world and let them explore the beauty.
Shawn Messenger is a professional glass artist who graduated from the Cleveland
Institute of Art in 1979, earning a Bachelor of Fine Art in glass. She was among the
pioneering group of women who received a glass degree from the Institute during that
time. Shawn further honed her skills by attending renowned institutions such as the
Pilchuck Glass School, where she studied under esteemed artists Dale Chihuly and
Italo Scanga, as well as the Penland School of Crafts, where she focused on murrini
techniques under the guidance of Richard Ritter and Dinah Hulet.
Shawn's exceptional work has gained recognition and acclaim, featuring in the
esteemed publication 500 Glass Objects and earning her interviews on the Create TV
show A Craftsmen Legacy. She is also a dedicated participant in the American Craft
Show, an event sponsored by the American Craft Council, where she has been involved
for over two decades.
As the proud owner of Messenger Fine Art Glass studio and gallery, Shawn has
successfully operated her business for twenty-five years in the vibrant downtown area
of Toledo, Ohio. In her studio, she employs a team of skilled local glass artists to assist
in the creation of individually handblown glass pieces, which are made available for
sale in galleries and through online platforms. Notably, she has established strong
partnerships with reputable institutions such as The Toledo Museum of Art, Collector's
Corner, and the renowned Artful Home catalog. Through these outlets, Shawn's
stunning glass creations have reached not only the local community in Toledo, Ohio
but also enthusiasts worldwide.
1979 BFA in Glass,Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland OH
1978 Pilchuck Glass Center, Stanwood WA
2010 Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC
1980 Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo OH