Painting With Light

Published in Coastal Lifestyle Magazine

While living in California in the 1980s, Lyn became interested in the glass art movement that was developing there. During that period, she studied with the renowned glass artist and designer, Narcissus Quagliata, whose works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and Renwick Gallery, with installations at the Charles Schwab Building in San Francisco and the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, to name a few. It was Quagliata who developed the concept of using glass as a method to manipulate light to enrich a living environment and to use glass rather than canvas to express the nature of light within a design.

With this discovery, Lyn knew she had found the right medium for her artistic expression that would allow her to create and develop her designs. Lyn creates her pieces by and shaping hot glass using a kiln. Her pieces vary from functional glassware, such as bowls, platters, and vases, to large, custom-designed architectural pieces that require scaffolding for installation.

Lyn uses various glass and processes to create her art. She not only fuses glass but incorporates dichroic glass, glass created with a process that has been around since the 4th century that uses metallic oxides that allow for many colors to be seen within a piece depending on the light reflection. Lyn also uses glow that adds an element of light from within. A piece exposed to strong sunlight can glow for hours.

Lyn, who creates her work at Hot Sands Glass in Pensacola, recently was honored to have her glass design featured by Austin Thin Films Inc., at the Las Vegas Glass Show. Her work can be seen at Patina Art Gallery in Fairhope, St. Charles Place in Orange Beach, Fusion Glass in Seaside, Robins-on-Royal in New Orleans, and Jester's in Nashville, Tennessee.

Glass works inspired by everyday life.

Published in Bella Magazine

Being an artist since childhood, Lyn Gentry was constantly involved in projects, but it wasn't until her early 20s when her mother asked for a stained glass piece for the kitchen that she took a class and began her carreer in glass-work.

Today, Lyn has moved past stained glass and into everything from intricate jewelry to 3D glass and wall murals, with her most recent large-scale installation measuring 18 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

"Everyday life inspires me," says Lyn. Whether it's a feeling that comes from listening to music or an observation of the natural world, Lyn's goal is to put a part of herself into each piece of art. The jellyfish is a signature piece of Lyn's, but "abstract work is something that I'd like to do more of," she muses. She wants to show pure emotion in glass art.

While many glass artist work with patterns and random designs, she plans out her pieces with detailed drawings, artwork in their own right, before delving into the glass design.

As a thought of pairing her two mediums, Lyn says, "I think it would be really cool to do a show called From Mind to Light," starting with phrases and sketches to finished drawings paired with completed glasswork. It's the creative process and that is what inspires me the most, I get excited about it, can't stop thinking about it, and I won't quit until I've done the best that I can do to create the image that lives in my mind day and night.

An expert in dichroic glass, Lyn was recently commissioned for various pieces in Fred Levin's new residence, completing several interior doors in addition to collaborating with artist Kevin Marchetti on a twisted steel staircase with dichroic glow glass inserts at the home.

Credits: Article and Photos by Phillip Makelson special to Bella.

Emerald Coast Home Design Magazine

Article and Photos by: Mary Vetek