“My work fuses the aesthetics of ancient and contemporary techniques. The glass techniques I use are some of the first casting techniques to be used in history. My forms are contemporary concepts. Combined they create an object for a contemporary setting with the essence of an archeological find from another era. The use of granulated glass mixed with binders allows me to work with glass as though I were painting a canvas. I use layer upon layer of color to achieve depth and contrast. The addition of electroplated copper to the edges of the work provides structural integrity as well as a beautiful detail accentuating the intricacy of the cast glass”.
Deanna Clayton has been working with glass for over twenty years. She was introduced to glass right out of high school while earning her Associates in Fine Arts degree in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Deanna wanted to continue her education in glass. Research showed the glass program, taught by Henry Halem, at Kent State University to have produced some of the most successful glass artists working at the time. After two years at Kent State University she moved to Champaign-Urbana, IL to attend the University of Illinois and completed her Bachelors Degree.
While still attending the University she started her own glass studio. She worked in Central Illinois for ten years and then discovered beautiful Door County, Wisconsin which is where she lives and works currently. Today Deanna’s work can be seen in public and private collections around the world.me. “Donna Granata, Executive Director, Focus on the Masters”