Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vendor of the Week: Megan Ellis

“Courage is the difference between talent and art”
                                                                                             - Louise Nevelson, sculptor

Megan Ellis Art Glass Beads
 "I make glass beads. I make beads because I have always wanted to work with glass as a sculptural medium."

Megan Ellis is an artist. Her medium is molten glass. Megan says, "There’s a lot to love about working with molten glass. It's mesmerizing, only a little dangerous. I make glass beads because the end result is a tangible and enduring piece of art."  She received her fine arts degree at Watkins College (a small art school in Nashville,) but it wasn't until she moved to California that her studies turned to glass making. The catalyst was a 2-day lamp working seminar offered by Chrissy Nixon at the Doiron Gallery, and in the course of the seminar, Ellis discovered the medium to fuel her passions.
"Beautiful, elegant, and simply wonderful."
"Glass is a perfect medium for the organic, rhythmic shapes which have always informed my art.  It allows me to express depth, color and reflectivity in ways that other media can't," Ellis states. She adds that there's the added pleasure of seeing other artists incorporate her work into theirs. "My talent," Ellis explains,  "is an inheritance from my father; my courage is something I only believe in because here I am- making art, not because I feel particularly courageous!"
"Glass is the perfect medium for organic, rhythmic shapes," say Ellis
"Midtown Bazaar is an important part of my development as an artist. It was here that I first brought my glass work into the light of day, both literally and figuratively! (The Bazaar) has been the perfect place for me to learn the practical things about presenting my work...and to be in a diverse little community of people who, like me, make stuff." 

Her various clients describe Megan Ellis' art glass as "lyrical, well made, a delight to use in designs." Words get bandied about like "beautiful," "elegant," "dramatic," and, "simply wonderful." Glass, Ellis explains, "is a wonderful medium for me because there is an immediacy and solidity of creation that I don't get with clay or fusing or works on paper and canvas."
Enjoy the warmth and marvel of art glass this Saturday at the Midtown Bazaar.
See the marvel of art glass for yourself this Saturday from 10 am-4 pm at the Midtown Bazaar, where featured artist and vendor of the week, Megan Ellis, will be displaying her beautifully elegant, one-of-a-kind, handmade art beads at her booth to the right of the entry of the Midtown Bazaar.                                                                 

Visit her shop on Etsy! Click here


  1. Wow these are amazing!! Love the quote too :)


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