Biography: Megan Stelljes

Artist Megan Stelljes at work glassblowing
Megan Stelljes

Megan Stelljes uses her art to explore her own values and emotions that are continuously influenced by changing social scenes. She originally fell in love with glass when she had an opportunity to apprentice for a glassblower while still in high school. From this experience, she decided to pursue a career in glass, and now specializes in sculpture and jewelry. “I began working with jewelry and glass together to exaggerate everything I love about glass,” said Stelljes. “The way it captures and reflects light, its saturated colors, and its eye-catching sparkle.”

Stelljes attended Emporia State University in Kansas, where she earned her BFA degree in glass forming. Upon graduation, she apprenticed under Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Living in Arlington, Wash., she now works out of Gray Barn Studios. Artist Jeremy Bert introduced Stelljes to neon and she has since established her own neon shop, creating sculptures with neon and hot sculpted glass.

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Neon Art, Sabbia Gallery, Pilchuck Gallery, as well as Vetri. Stelljes was selected as one of the 100 artists to be included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass opening at The Corning Museum of Glass in May 2019.