Modern interior chandelier design for commercial and residential spaces, based in San Francisco.
Lauren grew up in Las Vegas and she took an early interest in glass when she broke a piece of her grandmother's chandelier as a child. Many hours were spent trying to contact a factory in Murano who could remake the amber, bubbled shade Lauren had broken, so Lauren was sent to wander the hallways of the Las Vegan light shops. A love of light and glass were born. Ten years later, as a freshman at UC San Diego, Lauren enrolled in a glassblowing class at the Crafts Center. She excelled within the family environment and tutelage of instructors Ron Carlson, Clay Logan, Buzz Blodgett, Kathleen Mitchell and Patty Yockey. After seven years at the Crafts Center, Lauren moved to San Francisco, where she led the production crew at Weinstein Studios to weave 61,000 tubes for an permanent installation at the Courtyard Sha Tin, Hong Kong. She has learned the intricacies of chandelier construction and wiring through her role as crew leader of Fox Chandelier Cleaning in San Francisco. She works seasonally on summer support staff at Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington. Lauren Stewart Glass is based in the Mission District, San Francisco.
At the UCSD Crafts Center, 2009
My most recent work focuses on the dichotomies of parts as represented through positive and negative space in metal and glasswork. I'm especially interested in shining light on these dichotomies and studying their relationship on a different axis point- that in breaking them open and drawing them out one is able to find a way to achieve balance between the two conflicting parts. My goal is to mimic a meditative study- in the case of these images of my work, on movement, as a bike wheel chandelier and gears expands gracefully with stainless steel wiring that arcs and balances weight in the natural sway of bridges, or brains and their deep ridges and pathways representing the dichotomy within self identity or thought. With the addition of light, the glass resonates and transforms into a vessel, demonstrating the light of the meditative space and the transformation that balance can bring.
Cane pull at Pilchuck, 2014, Image by Jay Galbreath
Watch video of Lauren doing a cane pickup at Pilchuck here