Art Glass by Elodie Holmes
Liquid Light Glass
Elodie Holmes is the founder and owner of Liquid Light Glass, Inc. The name, Liquid Light Glass, comes from the process of working molten glass in an intense torch flame of light. The unique glass of Elodie Holmes is hand sculpted using traditional techniques of glass blowing, lampwork, cutting, polishing, and etching.
"The spontaneity involved in working molten glass is highly satisfying," Elodie comments. "Whether sculpting in a torch flame or off the end of a blowpipe, the process creates a tension which is reflected in the art itself. Each piece is a glimpse into an event frozen in time. They may be surreal, ceremonial or even comical, but all most always mysterious."
Born in Washington, D.C. on August 14, 1959, Elodie continues a family tradition of artists, beginning with her great-grandfather, Frank Graham Holmes, former Chief Designer of Lenox China for nearly fifty years. She studied glass and ceramics at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where she apprenticed under several renowned glass artists. In 1984 the Pilchuck School of Glass awarded her a teaching assistant position, followed by a scholarship in 1985.
Elodie first came to Santa Fe in 1981 to co-manage The Melting Point, a cooperative hot glass studio on Canyon Road. After its sale, she worked as a mold-maker in several bronze foundries where she began combining bronze and glass into small, abstract sculptures. Her work was interrupted in 1985 by an auto accident while en route to Pilchuck.
Following two years of recovery and a grant from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Elodie founded Liquid Light Glass. Her business goal to create and distribute a series of innovative and sculptural glass objects for collectors has been realized.
Elodie was asked in 1997 to participate in a four month exhibit of her work by the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park. This exhibition spanned four generations of Holmes artists: aforementioned Frank Graham Holmes, noted ceramicist and painter Graham Holmes, Jr., award winning design architect Stephen Holmes (Elodie's brother), and Elodie herself. Another highlight of the year was Elodie's acceptance of a White House invitation from the President and First Lady to create a unique glass Christmas ornament which is now part of their permanent collection in Washington, DC.
Elodie's most recognizable glass art is created by combining flameworking techniques with off-hand glass blowing. She picks up previously made, individually flameworked glass figures onto the molten glass, melting them in. The figures then expand as the piece is blown out further, much like designs on a balloon. She also adds small murrinis made in her shop to the glass. She then blows and shapes the glass into its final form. Each piece is signed and dated.
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