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Brenda Griffith began kiln forming glass in the mid 1980’s in Missoula Montana. The juxtaposition of lush and stark in the landscape and the colors of the mountains, forests and sky informed her early work. In 1987 she moved to Chicago, Illinois, and launched Siyeh Studio--christened for her favorite area in Glacier Park, Montana. The Craftsman architecture that permeates the Midwest strengthened her appreciation of clean, organic lines and infused the next stage of her work with warmer, softer hues. Subsequent moves to Austin, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia have enriched her palette with the vibrant colors and the saturation of light in the south and emboldened her to experiment with color and size on a much larger scale.
Commissions & studies have also extended her media & technical range. Sandblast etching and carving, kiln casting, pâte de verre, & other kiln-forming techniques round out her repertory. Ms. Griffith’s work is an eclectic mix of functional architectural glass home furnishings (sinks, backsplashes, tiles, lighting fixtures, fountains, vessels) and glass art (one-of-a-kind boxes, sculptures, window and wall panels). She is a two-time NICHE Award finalist in the category Fused Glass. Her work can be found in private collections in Europe and the US and in over 40 galleries covering more than 20 states and Canada. Ms. Griffith teaches, mentors and writes. Her book "A Beginner's Guide to Kiln Formed Glass" was released in 2007 from Lark Books. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, daughter, three dogs, a cat, a ferret and four fish.