"galazzo GLASS sopp CERAMIC is the newly created
and innovative design team of glass artist, Barbara Galazzo and
ceramic artist, Janine Sopp. "This collaboration gives us
the ability to explore and express in our principle medium while
we expand ourselves into infinite, creative possibilities. We
push the boundaries of our materials in order to intertwine our
vision and broaden our connection."
Inspired by these opposing forces, they integrate
colorful, fused glass with rich, textural clay, incorporating
such opposites as opaque vs. transparent, surface texture vs.
glassy smoothness and neutral vs. color, melding ceramic and glass
mediums into one cohesive sculptural creation. The glass, with
its fluid transparency dances onto and through the richly textured,
earthy clay forms. The interplay between the combined satin and
gloss carved designs on ceramic circles by Sopp are given further
light and power by the intense jewel-toned fused glass circles
by Galazzo. Both elements, the work of master artisans that bring
out the best in each medium, echo each other in color and motif
and pattern, often overlapping in clusters as light shines through
the glass discs pouring additional color onto the ceramic beneath.
With attention to design and detail, Galazzo meticulously
cuts and combines hundreds of colorful pieces of glass, layering
them to create depth in what will become a final fused piece.
Using the wheel to initiate a piece, or working with a slab, Sopp
alters then adds texture and stain to her organic forms in order
to achieve the dimension she seeks. Both are masterful with their
use of color.
Both artists have accomplished careers as former
dancer/potter and fashion/textile designer. They co-owned a Gallery
in NYC, had features in numerous magazines and publications, interior
design projects, national and international galleries and museums.
In addition, Barbara's glass has received a Niche Award, was on
exhibit at the WG at BEII exhibition at Bullseye Gallery and at
Selected Exhibitions, Awards & Installations
2011 Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center,
Permanent Lobby Installation
2010 Taos Art Glass Invitational, J.Fine Gallery, Taos, NM
2010 Essential Vision, The Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY
2009 Garnerworld 75 Years, GaGa Arts Center, Garnerville, NY
2009 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, NY