Christa graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2014 with a Fine Arts Degree concentrating in Stained Glass. It was there that she experimented with traditional clove oil painting techniques to embellish her already intricately detailed copper foil panel work. Taking advantage of every resource her University had to offer she further explored her passion for glass by learning handblown, lampworking, and kilnformed techniques. Although Stained Glass was her first love it was not until Christa unloaded her first kiln firing that she fell in love with the limitless possibilities that warm glass had to offer.
While she was at college it was also there where Christa discovered her passion for the environment and sustainable habits. Christa pursued a sustainability certificate and even attended one of the annual sustainability conferences. She began to adopt many sustainable habits into her everyday routine. She started a worm compost bin to reduce the kitchen waste that would normally end up in the trash. She started a plant collection of both edible and ornamental species. She even began to experiment with natural shampoo alternatives such as baking soda and cider vinegar.
Until recently, these two passions have remained mostly separate within Christa's life. It wasn't until she was foraging the black walnuts planted on her property by her great grandmother that she learned she could use natures byproduct to create natural calligraphy ink and botanical dyes. This began a flurry of research into what other ways her sustainable habits can cross over into her art.
Needs to be reworked and updated -> (Christa's artistic experimentation has led her focus to creating functional glass art. She believes there should be beauty in the ordinary objects such as soap dishes, spoon rests, night lights, and her personal favorite, the incense burner. )
Christa's love for art extends past the glass medium as she also enjoys drawing, painting, pottery, paper mache, knitting, and every form of DIY crafting she has found on Pinterest.
Nowadays, Christa can be found working in her home studio located in her families former dairy barn in North Haven, CT. Most likely dreaming up what she can melt next in her solar powered glass kilns.