Lea de Wit
Lea de Witʼs Bio Glass artist, Lea de Wit, creates large-scale sculptural installations, custom lighting, and vessels that delight and inspire. She has received instruction at Scuola del Vetro, Abate Zanetti, in Murano, Italy, at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, at Red Deer College in Canada, at Corning Museum of Glass in New York, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, and at the Eugene Glass School in Oregon. She received a scholarship to study with Mary Van Cline at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has studied under Italian glassblowing masters, Pino Signoretto, Elio Quarisa, and Davide Salvadore, and renowned glass sculpture artist, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. Her work is part of art collections at Kaiser Permanente, Marriott International, Inc., Sharp Medical Center, California Bank & Trust, Rady Childrenʼs Hospital, Novartis International AG, City of Vista Civic Center, Professional Hospital Supply, Inc., LʼAuberge Del Mar, Aveda Corporation, Vistage International, Inc. and Running Creek Casino as well as other corporate and private collections nationwide.
Lea de Witʼs Artist Statement As a teenager, a bone tumor in my spine taught me the lesson that life is too short not to pursue what you love. I have worked with various art forms my whole life but, when I started working with hot glass, I was hooked. Working with a medium that can be molten in one state and breakable in another state is an adventure. The fine line between pliable and fragile makes glass that much more challenging and intriguing. It allows for an endless number of options to sculpt and transform the molten material. I am also captivated by the medium because of the ability to apply color in a painterly fashion. My first love in art was painting and I absolutely love working with color. I layer color upon color to create depth and intensity while playing with varying degrees of transparency and opacity. I receive much of my inspiration from repetition of patterns and color combinations found in nature and in urbanscapes. I enjoy exploring and exposing myself to new and changing scenery. I love being outside and traveling just as much as I love working with glass. Not a day goes by, that I donʼt find myself completely awestruck by the exceptional beauty of the world in which we live and by the good fortune that I have to be able to experience it. In my work, I seek to translate that beauty into glass. It is my esteemed privilege to be able to do something that I love for a living by creating artwork for a growing number of public, corporate, & residential art collections nationally and internationally.