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Biography: Jackie Pancari

Jackie Pancari
Jackie Pancari

(1961-2021) Jackie Pancari loved exploring the ways that glass and light interact. She thought of her studio as “a laboratory where curiosity and imagination lead to experimentation and discovery.” With an MFA from Alfred University School of Art, Pancari exhibited her work across the U.S. and in Japan. She taught workshops in many venues, including the Toyama City Institute of Glass in 2003.

Pancari was inspired by the properties of glass and its ability to assume an infinite number of forms. “Creating shapes that exude a quiet beauty, simplicity and sensuality represents the most basic foundation of my work,” she said. “The juxtaposition of those shapes reveals relationships that are, in turn, basic to a more complex whole.”

During her 2015 residency, Pancari worked on her Reflective and Refractive Index Series. The Reflective Index Series plays with reflections of patterns in double-walled mirrored bowls, while the Refractive Index Series explores the refractive index of liquids and glass, and the consequent shadows that are produced. Pancari hoped that those who see her work “walk away with a sense of wonder, mystery, and the same inquisitiveness that I experienced in its creation.”