‘Pteropod: Limacina helicina’, stained glass, wood, electrical components, 24.5″x 16″ – Cecile Derel, 2012
I am a Chicago based glass artist. My love affair with glass began in 1999 when I took my first stained glass class. Over the years, I have also taken glass courses in fusing, lampworking and glassblowing, but I always return to cold glass. While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, 2012), I worked with a variety of mediums and continued to incorporate glass into my pieces. I began experimenting with stained glass in unexpected and non-traditional ways, resulting in 3-dimensional stained glass sculptures such as “Shell with Tentacles” and “Pteropod: Limacina helicina.”
In June 2013, I started teaching myself glass engraving using the drill technique. This has been a fun and addictive process. Using a handheld rotary drill and small diamond burrs, I carve images into the glass. My love of animals and sea life influences my work and inspires me to use glass as a way to reflect their delicate nature.
I’m drawn to glass as a medium for its transparency, translucency, colorful palette and versatile applications. It is a material that is visually appealing and powerful, yet can be extremely fragile. Its delicate nature and ability to transmit light makes it uniquely suited to the artistic representation of nature, thoughts and ideas.
I am a member of the Glass Art Society, the Stained Glass Association of American and the Chicago Art Deco Society.