There is something very beautiful and almost intimidating about glass art. From Dale Chihuly and his scary torches, to locals who make beautiful and affordable jewelry, glass art has my full attention.
One SLC artist who makes glass that I love is Sarinda Jones of Reflective Art Studio. I think I bought my first piece by Sarinda when I first moved to Salt Lake in the late 90s, and I’ve been collecting it ever since.
Sarinda is one artist who has really got her shit together. She is classically trained in everything from art history to ceramics, does regular training programs and residencies (having just returned from one in Scotland), and her work is everywhere from small fun events to galleries and websites all over the world.
She takes the business of being an artist very seriously. Sarinda started out with a Micro Business Loan that allowed her to buy her equipment. She says she sees herself as a small business owner, and she works at her art every single day. She invests a lot in networking and giving back to the community, and feels that the most important part of building a career is building relationships (and how!).
Sarinda approaches her art very scientifically, and often the more technical aspects of working with glass hold her attention. She loves the technique and the science behind kiln-formed glass. Her process is interesting, careful, and well-thought out. She starts with photos, color schemes and sketches. The then makes models in paper or out of foam core. She does a lot of research before she commits to working on a shape or sculpture with glass.
Sarinda actually has 2 careers going simultaneously. She makes affordable necklaces, earrings and table sculptures at lower price points and markets them at craft fairs, farmer’s markets, local shops and through etsy. In Todd’s words, “Her necklaces are perfect. I wish I could wear them.” For the fine art side of her career, she also does commission work, public sculptures and fine art pieces that she markets through galleries.
Sarinda helps the community, teaching youth, women in the Safe Haven program and participating in our friend John Sproul’s Foster Art Program. Sarinda’s community involvement is one great reason to support her.
Sarinda’s work is showing right now through September 17 at Finch Lane Gallery. This is part of a show for the Glass Art Guild of Utah. To read our whole interview with Sarinda, click here. And here are a few links where you can see more of her work. You can also find her stuff at SL Citizen and Craft Sabbath on the first Sunday of almost every month.