Kiara Pelissier

Kiara Pelissier’s works go beyond the technical elements of glassblowing, communicating the power of light, transparency, and color. She amplifies and exaggerates these qualities to express a certain mood by exploring different textures, varied hues, and dynamic compositions. In a recent statement she notes, “My work is about the silent conversation between objects, and how a piece breathes with the
space around it. Every form, texture, line, and color speaks in a different voice. Translucency searches for a dialogue with Light. My inspirations may change, but one thing always remains the same: my focus on bringing forth the soul of a material object.”

Pelissier was born in Mexico and began blowing glass in 1996, later spending the following decade working for experts in the field across the east and west coasts of the U.S. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Master of Fine Arts in glass from VCU (2000, 2006). She has taught glassblowing at Virginia Commonwealth University, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. She is in the collection of the Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, Capital One Bank, and Markel Corporation.