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Christy Marchand

Glass / Gamaliel, AR

Artist Statement

I have had a good time with everything from macrame’ in my teenage years to writing romance novels, gardening and crazy quilting, but when I met stained glass, I fell head over heels in love. Glass provides an amazing abundance of color, texture and opacity, and when the sun shines through, the beauty of glass leaps to a whole new level. As if that isn’t enough for fun, embellishing my work with bright bits of china, decorative soldering, copper, beads, gems, feathers and even silver plate spoon handles makes every project a delight. One look at my work will tell you I’m most inspired by whimsy and humor, and I love to create playful glass art for the home and garden that will make people stop and smile.

Biography

Baton Rouge native Christy Marchand is known for her whimsical designs and use of recycled, non-traditional elements such as vintage china and silver plate flatware in her stained glass art. She loves to experiment with sentimental elements to create unique gifts. For example, why not take your grandparent’s 50th anniversary plate out of storage and turn it into china and glass angel ornaments for all of the great-grandchildren? Enrolling on a whim in an LSU Continuing Education Leisure and Arts course for stained glass was the start of an unexpected love affair that grew after retirement and flourished after a move to the foothills of the Ozarks. Christy and her husband enjoy participating in art festivals across the south and midwest, and were recently invited to Walt Disney World’s Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT’s World Showcase.