These pinch formed glass polyp votives are textural treasures! Some come with 24k gold leaf encapsulated in the glass and others feature a drop of color prior to being pinched into form by Richmond favorite, Kiara Pelissier.
Each votive will be unique. Kiara makes these individual polyps in small batches. The approximate size range in diameter from 3" - 4".
Kiara's work is about the silent conversation between objects and elements and how a piece breathes within the space around it. Every form, texture, line, and color speaks in a different voice. Translucency searches for a dialogue with light. Kiara's inspirations may change, but one thing remains the same: her focus on bringing forth the soul of a material.
Pelissier earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. She has taught glassblowing at VCU, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of American Glass and many one-of-a-kind pieces, limited edition series, and permanent installations can be found in public and private collections throughout Richmond and the East Coast, including Capital One Bank, Markel Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Every handmade piece at Alma’s is a story of its craft.