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Lisas Pieces Glass
Lisa began working glass in the hot shop of Shasta College 1998 in Northern California. By the end of summer in 1999, she got a full time job lamp working borosilicate glass for an area production studio. The following year Lisa started her own studio, Amorphous Glass only to rename the company Lisa's Pieces Glass in 2000. In 2006 she met Banjo and was able to take a week long private class with him, further developing her glass sculpting abilities. This enabled Lisa to win the very first Female Flame Off held in Chicago during 2007. She took first place in both functional sculpture and wearable art with her Giraffe's. This sparked Lisa's desire to focus more on hollow sculpting.. Her work can be found in a number of gift & gallery shops, museums and small galleries across over 40 states and abroad in private collections. Sculpting is Lisa's passion and art is a deeply rooted part of her family heritage. Her father followed in his father's footsteps to become a renowned sculptor of western art. He opened The Heikka Foundry in Hollywood during the early 1970's. Her grand father, Earl Heikka was a country western sculptor from Great Falls, Montana. His work can be seen in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, The Smithsonian, The Rockwell Museum, The Charles Russel Museum in addition to many other private collections and galleries. Currently Lisa's work is focusing on sculpting hollow blown glass horses in various scenes. Experimenting with functional, mixed media and kinetic sculpting. Life and realism in motion within her glass are constantly driving her work. She seems to work best blowing glass alone and has a nice quiet home studio in Humboldt County, California. After 20 years of glass work finally she is offering private studio classes at her home studio in Arcata, CA. Some recent shows include: "Recherche" curated by Tribe 13 Gallery The City Gallery hosted in 2017 "Treachery of Images" curated by Megan Coll The National Liberty Museum