Gia Swango's Profile

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Hello!
Swango Art has moved to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheVintaquarian

Swango Art is now part of The Vintaquarian. Come on over and visit our wonderful selection of fabulous vintage and salvage items, along with my original hand crafted mixed media glass art.

You can also find me here:
http://thevintaquarian.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thevintaquarian/

I was born and raised in Northern California, a few miles east of the Bay Bridge, and studied interior design at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design and Color in San Francisco. In 1974 I purchased a 50 year old redwood cottage on 3 1/2 forested acres. The quality of light in those rooms was memorable, the perfect setting for the rich glow of stained glass. I found a class and began learning how…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 23
  • Joined January 19, 2009

Favorite materials

glass, copper, old metal, found objects, beads, wire, vintage paper, vintage jewelry, vintage frames

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    Gia Swango. mixed media artist. art glass...

About

Hello!
Swango Art has moved to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheVintaquarian

Swango Art is now part of The Vintaquarian. Come on over and visit our wonderful selection of fabulous vintage and salvage items, along with my original hand crafted mixed media glass art.

You can also find me here:
http://thevintaquarian.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thevintaquarian/

I was born and raised in Northern California, a few miles east of the Bay Bridge, and studied interior design at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design and Color in San Francisco. In 1974 I purchased a 50 year old redwood cottage on 3 1/2 forested acres. The quality of light in those rooms was memorable, the perfect setting for the rich glow of stained glass. I found a class and began learning how to cut and construct leaded glass windows.

In the early 80's, I moved to Sedona, Arizona and started a business designing and building architectural stained glass windows. As I gained more experience, I discovered my style of design was best suited to the Tiffany copper foil technique which allows me greater freedom for more intricate work. I also began my exploration into collage and assemblage, attracted to the sense of mystery and depth that is created by combining unexpected and found objects with the flowing grace of traditional stained and fused glass.

After a 25 year sojourn in Sedona, I've returned to Northern California where I am continuing my work. Commissioned windows fulfill a client's vision and are a pleasure to design and construct, but I am particularly drawn to glass collages. I love a simple yet elegant mix of textures that are as pleasing to the touch as they are to the eye. Each collage is a unique combination of elements; a sensuous story told with fused glass, metal, beads, vellum, found objects, and the luminous beauty of fine art stained glass.

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