Emily Liss

I am an artist working in the medium of Contemporary Art Glass. I design and execute my work as freestanding stained glass panels or within a custom window treatment. My early work was representational using the traditional lead technique much the same as used in medieval times. I later utilized the copper foil method developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in order to work with more abstract and intricate designs. I also work in the medium of graphite, charcoal and pastel.

Growing up in The Springs, East Hampton New York in the 1950s which was a haven for painters at that time, my parents included in their closest circle of friends Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Larry Rivers and Bill and Elaine DeKooning. My exposure over the years with personal contact to the Abstract Expressionist painters of the New York School has contributed to my compositions a nontraditional stained glass design. Through my designs, I strive to employ the qualities of the glass so as to enhance the total effect of my work on the environment at large.

The two distinct elements in stained glass construction as the image moves from paper to glass are the drawing and the implementation. The colors are chosen first to make sure they work together before starting on the drawing. In stained glass, the color selection is primary. Rough sketches lead to the final working cartoon. Hand blown imported glass is cut to the specifics of each piece of the design pattern and is reassembled over the cartoon much like a puzzle. Each piece of glass is then wrapped in copper foil allowing for fluid solder lines to strengthen and finish the work.

Glass can mask or enhance a view depending on the design, hue and density. Glass art has many possibilities for mounting and viewing. Hanging in an existing window, custom fits, freestanding and back lighting are just a few of the possibilities to display glass. My objective is to create a work that will bring a light-enhanced energy to its surroundings with both a powerful and transformative effect.