Meet Robyn Eddy, #ArtGlassFinest Spotlight April 2023
- Tell us a little bit about yourself: who you are, where you are from, how you got into glass.
My name is Robyn Eddy, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana but now a Las Vegas, Nevada resident. I am a Carpenter/Props artisan by trade in the entertainment industry which has allowed me to dabble in multitudes of craftsmanship and skill sets. When the pandemic hit, the entertainment industry was the first to shut down and the last to come back. I became a little obsessed with the idea of making stained glass when it came across some of my social media feeds, as it was an art craft that is also a little bit of construction. No wanting to be “bad” at it, it took me a while to break my first piece of pretty glass and since then I’ve been hooked.
2. How long have you been working with glass in general?
I cut that first piece of pretty glass in October of 2020
3. What is the focus of your work, any inspiration behind it?
I love the limitlessness of being able to create, combined with the “rules” glass inherently likes to follow. Glass can be a fickle friend which makes it a fun medium to create with. I do tend to gravitate toward the geometric looks and patterns, as I’ve been drawn to abstract art since I was young (big fan of the idea of Mondrian taking things to its most basic shape and color). Truly my family and friends give me ideas constantly with commissions or concepts that would be fun to create, as most of my work is family and friend commission based. I have eventual goals to combine my wood working skills alongside the stained glass and look forward to continuing to learn all aspects of the glass crafting world as I can.
4. How long have you used our products, and do you use them exclusively?
I’ve probably being using Oceanside products unknowingly since the beginning of my learning. I am not using them exclusively, but it is starting to trend that way.
5. Is there anything that makes our product stand out from the rest- a reason why you choose to use it? What do you look for in glass when you are sourcing it for your next project? (ie: color, texture, quality etc.)
When I was just starting, I was attracted by colors and textures and was just buying whatever glass based off of that. Through trial and error, I’ve started to find what works best for me. I’m more aware of the difference in craftsmanship and the manufacturing of Oceanside glass in how it sings when you score it and the ease in which it breaks a bit more to my whims instead of the glass’.
6. If you are teaching a class, what is it about? What will students learn? (If not a class, are you launching anything?)
The only thing I’m teaching is how to look good with some bomb-ass morning hair.
7. Do you have any big projects in the works or coming up? Any works you are particularly proud of?
I am very proud of all my work, as it is a testament of trying something new, and jumping in with both feet. My creations have all been designed by me. Even my very first pattern was just something I came up with. I have a panel that I call my “sock panel” that is a love song to simple life joys (I call it the sock panel because I made it after the designs of one of my favorite pairs of socks…). I created a window for one of my childhood homes that I drove to Louisiana and installed myself. I’m a big nerd for some clear textured glass, and I worked with one of my good friends to make a panel for her beautiful house in the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is sometimes astonishing to me the things that can come from my brain and be created with my hands.
There are constant ideas floating around in my head, that sometimes it’s hard to just grab one and go. I do have some panels I am working on and have started working with an idea of something being broken down into simpler forms that should be finished up here soon. I’ve just started my hand at mosaics and have some lamp ideas that hopefully will come to fruition.
8. Tell us one fun fact about you or your work.
I am very dog obsessed, and have 2 lovely lady pups at home, Sophie (Mutt - 14) and Harriett (Great Dane – 5). I have a strange knack for being able to turn anything into a song (if you have seen my Tik Toks you may already be aware of this…) I have worked for Cirque Du Soleil for 13+ years in some facete (all backstage… no onstage. I can’t even touch my toes).
All my stained-glass skills are self-taught. I credit a lot of the other wonderful glass artisans on social media that have shared tips and tricks that have helped me develop some better skills and given pointers that help make others better artists.
While April may bring showers, we here at OGT are full in bloom. Thank you so much Robyn for letting us interview you. Your personality shines through your beautiful art. Your eye for glass makes the world brighter <3.
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