The Professional Artists of St. Augustine (P.A.St.A.) Fine Art Gallery is proud to introduce the varied and unique glass work of artist Rose Hawley.
Although, during her childhood, Rose found the stained-glass windows of the churches and cathedrals of Europe fascinating, glass was not her first artistic venture. As a clay artist, she developed a clay that would withstand repeated freezes and thaws, without cracking or breaking. Using her new resilient clay, she created sculpture and pottery for gardens in the northern clime. As fate would have it, Rose was approached and asked if she would melt wine bottles in her kilns. Not to let a new opportunity to learn something new pass her by, Rose ended up slumping over 200,000 wine bottles into hanging cheeseboards, which sold nationwide.
With her new interest in glass, Rose traveled regularly to Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland, Oregon, for top a rated glass education. Rose has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, visiting and collaborating with experimental glass artists and has since incorporated lead crystal and glow-in-the-dark glass to her body of work.
Like many artists during the COVID years, Rose moved to be closer to family in the St. Augustine area. Working in a smaller and temporary capacity led her to explore the nuance of glass surface decoration, which can be seen in her highly detailed crusty little seashells, and other items.
Currently, Rose is working on four bodies of work, of which, three are experimental, and one includes a 3,000-year-old Chinese technique.