Kristina Logan is recognized internationally for her precisely patterned and delicate glass beads. She travels throughout the world teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and jewelry. Her work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Renwick Gallery; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Corning Museum of Glass and the Musée du Verre de Sars-Poteries, Sars-Poteries, France. She served as president of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers from 1996 until 1998.
Logan’s beads are flameworked, a process which she says is “fluid, direct, and immediate” and which allows her to work with hot glass “on a very intimate scale.” Her work has developed over the years to incorporate glass beads into jewelry and other glass objects.
Logan plans to continue her exploration of combining flameworking, pâte de verre and metal during her October 2013 Residency at The Studio. Inspired by the decorated surfaces of reliquaries from the 16th century, the stems of goblets from the 17th century and the bronze armatures in Tiffany’s work, Logan will focus her residency on glass vessels and containers. She will encrust cast pâte de verre forms with flameworked beads and added bronze and silver elements to explore pairing diverse elements together in one object. Says Logan, “It is the harmonious combining of different materials that propels my work; how glass and metal meet, physically.”