About the Artist.
Why glass? And, more about the artist.
Carmella Jarvi is an artist - entrepreneur, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Vermont Studio Center, and Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences alumna, and three-time Regional Artist Project Grant recipient. Her art has evolved from women in water paintings to abstract explorations of water through kiln glass — since a 2011 trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (She’s back painting abstract water since her summer 2018 Hambidge Center and, during her recent 2019 Atrium Health Artist-in-Residency at McColl Center. Images are coming:)
Intrigued with this common & ethereal material from an early age, Jarvi’s glass is a beautiful and visually enticing expression of water. Her pieces have multiple firings and layers, with lots of cold working in between (using tile cutter, belt sander, and even breaking glass). She often utilizes kiln heat and gravity to move glass.
Whether tabletop/free standing work, wall composites, or prototypes for larger works or public art, they are really paintings with glass — mostly inspired by water. (Jarvi works with community around the water theme.)
Jarvi’s first corporate glass commission (in 2015) was for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ uptown Charlotte office. This is earliest example of her glass transforming a space. In early 2017, she installed a glass wall commission for Moonlight Creative Group, a marketing firm celebrating 20 years.
Since 2014, the artist has been scaling her glass into larger public artworks — starting with a 2014 ArtPop vinyl billboard, and in 2016 with an ArtPop outdoor curved digital display of her kiln glass. She's had a fantastic time as an #ArtPopCLT 2018 artist! Here's more about ArtPop.
In 2018, she completed a public art project with Historic South End in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. The Urban Eddy is her better known water glass rounds — custom printed on translucent vinyl that were, then, installed throughout the CLT Powerhouse Studio building's glass windows/doors. (This former Trolley Museum is now a center for urban planning.)
As a full-time artist for years, Carmella Jarvi understands business, and marketing. She works well with a community/network/diverse stakeholders. She’s spent years helping other artists and leading art events (& still coaches some artists). Over the past few years, she’s mostly in the glass studio — refining her process and making prototypes for bigger work. (And, now, painting water again, too.)
She creates commission glass in addition to a retail line — continually pushing the layers and depth in her kiln glass. Like a painter, she uses color for contrast, movement, and points of interest. Jarvi is scaling her glass — creating larger pieces/groups, as well as working toward more public art (mostly based on water).
Often, she's in her glass studio working on new pieces, exploring how to transform her glass into public art, or maybe in the office working on business projects — seeking opportunities. (Check out artist husband, Chris Craft.)
More details on Jarvi's Resume. (Want to know more? Contact the artist directly below.)