Glass etch artist, sandblasting my artwork on blown glass vases, bowls, wine goblets, doors and windows.
It all started almost 30 years ago, on her father’s farm in Northern California’s Alexander Valley. Cynthia Myers stood at her Mom’s kitchen window and watched in the barnyard below. What she saw was a woman in a mask, wearing goggles, gloves and using her Pop’s air compressors and blasting a huge glass window. “I was instantly intrigued and wanted to do what she was doing” Cynthia recalls her love affair with glass began. At the beginning the glass was barn finds: canning jars, old wine bottles and stained glass panels. Cynthia taught herself and taught herself well. “I am privileged to work with glass blowers who allow me to design shapes and choose the colors for my etching and carving work.” With an eye for subtlety and detail, Cynthia employs a shadowing technique that gives her artistry depth and dimension. She has developed an ever widening reputation for her sand carved glass vases with their decorative artwork and their innovative cut-away rims. “It’s the light that fascinates me!” she explains, “the play of color and tone that carving brings out in bending light. Glass is a wonderful medium in that it plays with light, capturing it, reflecting it, sliding off a smooth surface and penetrating through to reflect the etchings. “I work hard to create a design that will enhance the play of light, but my deepest hope is that these forms will have a function: to stop you during the passing of the day when the light hits the etching just so, and make you say: ‘Oh that is so beautiful! It makes me feel good.’ Cynthia lives and works on the beautiful Northern California Coast where she enjoys and is inspired daily by her garden and by the nature that surrounds her.
Studio Tour Hours:
August 28 & 29 September 4-6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Directions to Studio 21 at 35250 Old Stage Road, Gualala —
From Sea Ranch, right on Old State ( it becomes Old Stage Road); 5.7 miles on left. From Gualala, north to Pacific Woods Rd, right 1.3 miles to Old Stage Rd., then left. Follow signs. From Point Arena: South on Hwy 1 to mile marker 10. Go east onto Iverson Road for 6.5 miles. Just past Fish Rock Road, our studio will be on the right. 35250 Old Stage Road. Look for signs.