About Cuesta Glass

BARBARA GRAUKE
Email: cuestaglass@gmail.com
Artist Statement
I love the art of glass making, not so much because of the finished work, but because of the journey the art takes me on and the satisfaction I get while on that journey. Exploring glass began for me in the mid-seventies in the form of stained glass that I sold at art fairs, as well as commissions in homes. I expanded my horizons by travelling to the east coast, where I earned a BFA in glass, with a focus in glass blowing (hot glass). I returned to California and opened my own glass blowing studio. From there, I have moved on to working in warm glass manipulating glass powders into beautiful patterns and textures, the most inspiring and satisfying form of glassmaking so far for me.
Glassmaking speaks to me...asking me to express myself in the colors, textures and shapes that I create. And my inspiration comes from my incessant desire to define my "style". Presently my glass powder pieces draw from nature's textures. I conjure up earth and sea, rock and water, rigidity and fluidity. To be able to shape, color and create glass is a pleasure for me each day.

My wonderful and passionate journey with glass continues.

BIO
Realistic oil painter 1970-78
Stained glass artist 1973-79
Studied ceramics and glass design at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University 1980-1984
Graduate Cum Laude
Glassblowing artist 1979-1986
On Hiatus while growing a family and private business with husband.
2005-2014 glass blowing while running the family business.
2014- present working with glass powders
Past shows
Pacific Art League
SVOS open studios

Media
Coming Soon! TALK ART INTERVIEW: You will find out more about my technique and approach to my glass. Stay tuned!

Upcoming events:
COCA open studios November 12 and 13
at the La Piazza building, 604 Main St. Half Moon Bay, Ca. 94019
Showing at:
The Coastal Arts League and Museum Half Moon Bay, Ca.
The Peninsula Art Gallery, Burlingame, Ca.
Moonside Bakery and Café, Half Moon Bay, Ca.

TECHNIQUES:
I manipulate glass powders either on fiber paper firing multiple times until I have a sheet of glass that I then heat up and "slump" into a mold.
I "move" dry glass powders on a piece of sheet glass and form an image. Firing time and time again, adding more powders until I consider it finished.