Silicon Valley Open Studios

Connecting artists to art enthusiasts

Artist: April Maiten

Studio: April Arts

3D Fused Glass Animals
Title: 3D Fused Glass Animals
Description:
Media: Glass/Mosaics
Size: 6 x 2 x 4
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Contact April Maiten

Website: www.aprilarts.com

Email: april@aprilarts.com

Phone: (408) 356-3111


2019  Showings


May 4 - 5 , Site: 42
540 Ringwood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025


 

wheelchair accessible

May 18 - 19 , Site: 332
136 Belvue Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032-5115


 

About April Maiten

I love glass. I the love the play of light as it passes through and reflects off of glass. This love has led me to the art of mosaics and fused glass. The possibilities for mosaic art are limitless. I create indoor and outdoor, functional and nonfunctional, works of art. My artwork is constantly evolving. When I started creating mosaics, they were predominately two dimensional and now my mosaics are known for their three dimensional qualities.

Creating a mosaic can be a long process. I start with a vague idea and then plan for the engineering that might be necessary. Then I start assembling everything I could want to put into the artwork. I have to find just the right pieces to make it all come together the way I envision it, so this can be a long process. I enjoy combining glass and beads because they enhance the texture and rich colors that I love so much. I am open to using a great variety of found objects, including computer parts, in my artwork. I like to repurpose items, so thrift stores are some of my favorite places to go. Occasionally, if I can´t find what I want, I make it.

Sometimes, I find an object, a piece of glass, or a certain shape that will inspire me and lead me down a totally unexpected path. Then piece by piece, I put it all together until the artwork is just right. I relax and enjoy, letting my creativity spontaneously fill in the details. My art is just as much about the process as the product.

I also create fused glass pieces. I can never have enough interesting jewelry, so jewelry is of my favorite things to fuse, especially pendants and earrings with dichroic glass. The shimmer, shine, and reflectivity of dichro is wonderful! I also enjoy making fused glass elements that I include in my mosaics. Additionally, I create unique fused glass plaques, sculptures, plates, and garden art. I am so fascinated with everything that can be created with glass.

I belong to the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Los Altos Art Club, and am the founding member of Full Spectrum Mosaic Artists of Silicon Valley. I have been featured on the television program, "Talk Art", and in the San Jose Mercury News.
I hope that the passion and happiness I put into my pieces can be felt by those that view my work.

You can contact me via email at april@aprilarts.com. My website is www.aprilarts.com.