What began as a stained glass hobby for Scandia during her career as a Creative Director and Strategic Planner in the advertising industry eventually led to a rewarding new career working for the art glass manufacturers themselves. First as Marketing Manager for Spectrum Glass Co. (maker of System 96®), followed by a supporting role with the new owner/manufacturer of the product lines, Oceanside Glass & Tile.
During her 15 years working in the industry, she gained invaluable experience and a deeper knowledge about the base materials she uses in her own glass art. Scandia is now joyfully committed to earning a full-time living creating her glass art in combined with occasionally teaching technique based fusing workshops at art glass distributors and special art glass events.
She frequently focuses on nature themes, specifically landscapes, in the form of kiln-formed glass paintings. Each piece is an original creation and all painting is done freehand. The styles she leans towards most often are painterly and soft focus centered around nature or still life scenes, as well as more loosely interpreted, richly colored pieces.
While Scandia sometimes likes to work from one of her own photos (especially for still life scenes), the majority of her paintings are created from her memories of all the amazing places and things she's been so lucky to see through the years. The aim of her artwork is not to exactly mimic every realistic detail of a tree, plant or flower, but rather to offer her own artistic interpretation.
Scandia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Arts) from The University of Texas at Austin. Her focus was Illustration and Intaglio Printmaking (copper plate engravings & dry points, as well as zinc plate etchings).
Scandia on why she loves working with art glass.
"Quite simply, I find art glass to be a beautiful and thoroughly satisfying material to use. It can be transparent, translucent or opaque. It can also be quite flexible, taking on many forms based upon the technique applied. Its truly amazing range as a medium allows me the creative freedom to translate my various artistic styles and subject matter into numerous tangible forms."
In addition to pursuing her artistic endeavors, Scandia will on occasion teach kiln-forming technique workshops for special art glass events, as well as art glass distributors & retailers. She has taught dozens of workshops throughout the US, as well as technique workshops in the EU and UK.
Interested in learning more about Scandia’s workshops?
If you are interested in either taking one of Scandia’s workshops, or wish to request that she teach for your special event or your place of business, simply send an email with your contact information and specific dates requested and she will get back to you.
If any workshops are scheduled, they will be announced on the events page.