Joanna Manousis

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Brief description: Artist / Designer

Location: Columbus, OH

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Email: info@joannamanousis.com

Website: http://www.joannamanousis.com

About me:

British born artist and designer, Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating sculptures and installations in glass and mixed media that speak of human emotion, memory and the passage of time. Holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a First Class Honors Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from The University of Wolverhampton, England, Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Manousis earned a Bombay Sapphire Award nomination in 2008, the first 'Hans Godo Frabel Award' for 'Outstanding Achievement in Glass' in 2010, along with other numerous scholarships and awards for her individual approach with glass. Manousis has created her work within residencies at The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, The Corning Glass Museum, NY, The Cité Internationale des Arts, France and currently works as a freelance glass artist in Columbus, Ohio. Her work can be seen in the permanent collections at Ebeltoft Glass Museet, Denmark and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia.




Having completed my undergraduate degree at Wolverhampton University’s School of Art and Design, I am familiar with the studio environment and the resources available within the universities glass department. Wolverhampton University has excellent facilities for all areas of glass fabrication, and I will be utilizing the mould room, casting kilns and cold working equipment within the duration of my AA2A residency.

It is my intent to create multiple kiln cast forms in clear lead crystal utilizing the ‘negative core’ casting technique. Each crystal piece will encapsulate the recessed detail of faceted stones, which will be chemically polished and mirrored internally with silver nitrate in order to transform the residual spaces into three-dimensional mirrors that reflect the environment that the pieces inhabit.

Wolverhampton University is closely located to Staffordshire Crystal in Brierley Hill, a crystal manufacturer where I can obtain lead crystal along with the hydrofluoric acid polishing service required to give my cast crystal surfaces a peak shine. I currently live in the United States where there are very few crystal manufacturers. Therefore, this project cannot be conceived within my current location. The AA2A residency at Wolverhampton University will provide me with the facilities and local resources required to allow my project to come to fruition.

I look forward to the opportunity to continue my artistic endeavors at Wolverhampton University where I can impart my experience and knowledge to the students within the division of glass and ceramics. I enjoy the rich dialogue and exchange of ideas that can come from working in a university setting, which can prove to enhance my own studio practice as well as the students.




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