Biography: Helen Tegeler

Helen Tegeler
Helen Tegeler

Helen Tegeler is inspired by the transitional properties of plants, and extrapolates upon that in her work. From growth patterns and branching to surface textures and patterns, she feels there are infinite design possibilities when interpreting plants in glass. She loves exploring seeds, and the potential they hold for great change. She draws particular inspiration from the work of Lalique and the Blaschkas.

Tegeler has an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and her work has been featured in exhibitions across the country, as well as in the Museum’s New Glass Review 32. She has taught workshops at institutions including Tyler School of Art and the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, and currently works for the Museum as a team leader and demonstrator on Celebrity Cruise ships.

During her 2015 residency, Tegeler hopes to expand her techniques, working with fused glass powders to replicate the physical and visual textures of seeds, something she very recently began exploring. Kiln working will be a new focus for Tegeler, who is traditionally a hot and cold glass artist.