Meet Chris Guercio - Artist
Meet Chris Guercio
After admiring art glass her entire adult life, Christina Guercio stumbled upon a fused glass class in Columbia, Maryland in 2009. She was hooked within just a few sessions, and after a year, decided to buy a kiln and start fusing at home. In 2022, she moved to Delaware and set up a shop and gallery in Dagsboro, DE under the name Art In Glass Gallery. She has taken classes at the Corning Museum of Glass, Vitrum Studios, Weisser Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Salem Community College Glass Education Center, and has studied with several well-known glass artists in their home studios.
Chris finds glass fusing intoxicating, with endless possibilities for artistic expression. Much of Chris’ work explores the depth of glass and incorporates a sense of movement. Her inspiration comes from nature, music, poetry, history, and literature from around the world. The goal of Chris’ finished work is to strike a balance between reflected light and transmitted light, to express depth and luminosity, and to create a piece that draws the viewer into it emotionally. She is also an avid experimenter. Her pieces range from two-dimensional to sculptural.
When she first began fusing glass, Chris simply sought to bring her dreams and visions into reality and that was her reward. But several years later after she started displaying her work in public spaces, she began to receive feedback from patrons and passers-by. They talked to her about their emotions when they looked at her fused glass pieces, how her artwork resonated with them, how certain pieces spoke to them, and how they would treasure her fused glass creations in their homes. Sometimes they just thanked her for brightening a hallway. She has no greater reward than to have touched the heart of another person with her artwork.
Chris has taught Fundamentals of Financial Intelligence, Structured Analytic Techniques, and Creativity in Intelligence Analysis in a classroom setting for the Department of Defense. She has taught Introduction to Alcohol Inks at the Columbia Art Center in a classroom setting, and Alcohol Inks 1, Alcohol Inks 2 and Creativity Bootcamp for Art Works Now online. Chris also taught Alcohol Inks online for the Baltimore County Art Guild. She has given basic fused glass instruction to private students and is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.
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