About the Artist.
Why glass? Why water? 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 AiR and, during her recent 2019 Atrium Health Artist-in-Residency at McColl Center. Paintings & new glass work are coming to website soon. In mean time, follow her on Instagram:)
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 utilizes kiln heat and gravity to move glass.
Whether tabletop work, wall mounted, or prototypes for larger works or public art, they are really paintings with glass — mostly inspired by water. (The artist loves working with community around this water theme.)
From her earliest memories, Carmella Jarvi was in & around water. She grew up swimming & enjoying Lake Norman where her grandparents had a waterfront lot. (Even her family name Jarvi — from same grandfather — was Komjarvi pre-Ellis Island… and it means “beautiful lake” in Finnish.)
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 Charlotte 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. Of course, she also had a fantastic time as an #ArtPopCLT 2018 artist!
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 & community hub.)
As a full-time artist for years, Carmella Jarvi understands business, and marketing. She works well within a community/network of 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 her studio — refining her glass 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 her vision for glass. Like a painter, she uses color for contrast, movement, and points of interest. Jarvi loves scaling her glass — creating larger pieces/groups, as well as public art, based on water.
Usually, Jarvi can be found in her glass studio working on new pieces, exploring how to transform her glass into public art, or painting new abstract, water-inspired works. She may be in the office working on the business end of practice, or you might even catch her out in the real world. (Check out artist husband, Chris Craft.)
See details on Jarvi's Resume.