Artist: Jezebel Wells

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meetjezebelJezebel’s dedication to humanity and integrity is evident in her works of art and her personal history.

She works with stained, blown, cast, slumped, and fused glass as she first studied stained glass in camp at the age of 10. In 1987, while still in high school, Jezebel was recognized as a “Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts.”

Jezebel attended Carnegie Mellon University where she studied hot, warm, and cold techniques with glass. She graduated with a double major in sculpture and painting and attended summer school at both the Corcoran School of Fine Art in Washington D.C. and The Cleveland Institute of Fine Art in Ohio.

 

Jezebel began to focus on her purpose as an artist in 1997. Each piece that she creates has a specific and profound meaning usually related to nature, romance, and religion. The lamps she designs and creates are works of art. Although she is often compared as a modern Tiffany, Jezebel stands alone.

Jezebel’s glass is unlike any other glass in the world. Jezebel holds the patent on her technique for manipulating complexly colored and hand rolled sheet glass. Each piece of glass is hand colored with pigments and metals by trade secret. Then it is hand rolled onto a slab, cut into shapes, and slumped into custom pieces.

The special glass that Jezebel uses surpass any other for lighting, even that which Louis C. Tiffany made and became famous for from 1878-1938. Custom glass made today is more luminous and richer in color. Some glasses are remarkably vibrant and shiny, while other sheets are molecularly designed to have a rich waxy feel and diffuse the light throughout the glass; these glasses eliminate hot spots while still retaining color purity and translucence. And, because the color is inside the glass and not painted on the surface, there is a remarkable 3-dimensional effect while being only 1/8 inch thick. Whatever the glass, Jezebel uses only the best.

I use stained glass because of its spiritual and ethereal qualities. I use metal in my artworks for its strength and malleability. And, I use stones in my work because they represent nature. The tenuous relationship of the glass, metal and minerals are a metaphor for the fragile yet complimentary relationship of woman/man and human/nature in my idealistic visions.”

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