n. A substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that imparts a
Fiesta n. n : Festival, an elaborate party (often outdoors)
Welcome to Color Fiesta where we celebrate color every day, every
am a California based glass artist. Most of my weekends are
spent setting up my glass art booth at California art festivals,
where we meet lots of friendly people who value all things handmade.
Though I have participated in over 150 such festivals, shows and
markets, Color Fiesta still continues to give me sleepless
nights in a way that only small businesses can! :)
A little known fact about me: I am a qualified software engineer.
I consider myself a designer at heart, I have been creative for
as long as I can remember. As a child, I loved creative writing
and penned poems about life and nature. Though glass art happened
to me much later in life, I embraced it whole-heartedly. I chose
glass as my medium because I believe colors, have a way of looking
multi-dimensional on glass. Glass art is more of a passion to me,
it is who I am.
with the glass medium started with handpainting stemware at a local
adult education class. Soon, my whole studio(or should I say living
room?:-)) was full of glass painted in funky colorful patterns.
I was encouraged by friends and family to start selling and there
has been no looking back since then!
a glass painter, I believe in glass art which has function, primarily
and form, secondarily.
I paint on a variety of glass bases like platters, vases, windows,
stained glass paintings, but with special emphasis on painting designer
stemware like martini glasses and champagne flutes. Why? Because
I love the challenge the curvature and shape these kind of glasses
have to offer. I try to strike a balance between the transparency
of the glass and the color I add to it, always struggling to preserve
the original spirit of the glass. Each
piece is heat cured and signed with my trademark initials - "SV".
My glasses are not mass produced(shudder), limited edition, and
a labour of my love for glass art.
Fiesta" has always been my full time 24X7 job, and being restless
by nature, I have pretty much dabbled in all kinds of glass art
- stained glass, glass jewelry, glass blowing and last but not the
First a bit
of lampworking: it is a technique to make glass beads. Beads are
made on the flame of a torch, where colored glass rods are melted
and wrapped around a steel rod(called a mandrel). After that, they
are kiln annealed for strength and durability. I started off making
beads, and slowly branched out into making rings. Technically, the
only difference between making glass rings and glass beads is the
width of the rod. However, the glass canvas is larger - so one can
have more fun with it - and of course its wearable art!
My love for
lampworking started with being introduced to Murano glass products
many years back. Once I was exposed to the art, there was no stopping
me! Since then, I have studied, attended bay area lampworking workshops,
and trained under an experienced lampworker friend. Lampworking
is a passion, I have made many of these exquisite little specs of
glass starting with beads and graduating to rings. These are fun
to do - the melting, layering, adding foil, glitter and experimenting
with opacity of glass rods. Over the last couple of years, I have
been concentrating on designing, and perfecting ingenious ways to
put these magnificent glass rods melted together.
My designs are
detailed and intricate, and are sometimes made on paper or it maybe
just something that pops in my head. As you can tell, glass melts
at dangerously high temperature, so it is better to have some idea
of what you plan to do with it. But well, maybe my best designs
have been totally unplanned! :-)
Because of the
handmade nature, each ring is one of a kind. I try to make sizes
in a single style, but each piece is 100% unique, and only a few
sizes are possible. There will always be a wayward bubble, or a
crack in the foil, or a difference in the shape of one glass ring
from the other which adds to the individuality of the pieces. There's
no way I can have an exact match, or an exact replacement.
wearable glass portfolio comprises of bold signature jewelry pieces
designed for women who take pride in their feminity and are willing
to experiment. Jewelry design is too much fun, it gives me great
satisfaction. I especially love to see how excited clients get when
they try on my pieces! In my portfolio, you will also find a variety
of necklaces, chandelier earrings, bracelets and anklets - designed
for the contemporary woman who loves to accessorize!
designs are best described as whimsical, I bend towards the abstract.
I am constantly improvising, and I play a lot with color.
Color is what Color Fiesta is all about..or..did I tell you
that already? :)
Thank you for
stopping by & I hope I am able to communicate the endless joy
I feel in creating my art..