Glass sculptures by Shayna Leib
Glass sculptures by Shayna Leib. American artist Shayna Leib grew up in San Luis Obispo, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree at hometown California Polytechnic University in philosophy, with minors in glass and literature. In 2003 she earned her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in glass and metal. Leib says “I’m married to glass, but I have an affair with metal”. Shayna Leib in her Wind and Water series gives visual form to wind and water by focusing on the patterns that they create. Each of her pieces takes nearly a month to create and involves a painstaking process that begins with pulling individual 30-50 foot segments of glass, a step that’s repeated 8 to 200 times depending on the scale of the piece.
Shayna Leib worked as a metal-smith in Ronald Hayes Pearson’s studio in Maine, returned to her alma mater to teach briefly, then came back to Madison for a yearlong teaching position in 2005; since that ended, she has worked in the studio full time. And while she has a portfolio of striking functional pieces in glass, along with jewelry and hollow-ware, Wind and Water consumes most of her time now.