Who is Connie Mazzella?

  •  She's a creative artist / artisan in a constant state of growth & development.

At this point of life, I’m devoting myself to unrestricted artistic expression &  development of:

  • Fused Dichroic Glass & Beaded Jewelry
  • Art Glass ~ using Fused, Sandblasted, & Stained Glass Techniques
  • Personalized Intuitive-Inspirational  Art Glass (by commission)
  • Developing a line of Women’s Apparel – simple styling in exotic fabrics

Planning a Road Trip through the western states for Spring 2011 – to visit friends & family, and to promote myself, my arts, home-trunk shows and my new website in  Arizona;  Southern & Northern California; Oregon; Washington; & possibly Colorado.  Interested in hosting a Home-Trunk Show? 

Origins & Logistics:

New York:
Born & raised in Brooklyn, New York;  first generation Italian (Neopolitan) 
Attended FIT-Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.  Upon graduation (’74) moved to San Francisco
to pursue apparel design career.  Employed as Designer by large manufacturing companies, developing women’s apparel for both local domestic  and off-shore manufacturing.  I’m now in the mode of utilizing that considerable experience, and creating my own ‘cottage industry’ line of women’s apparel. 
Keep checking  for  news.

San Francisco:
SF was my comfort & home for 25 years and it’s my true ‘home town’ – considering  I spent the majority of my adult life there.  My interest in glass arts began in San Francisco with a stained glass class in 1980.  It started as means of stress reduction from my design job, and grew to a passion for all glass forms.  In 1985 fusing was added to my techniques at the Sharon Art Studio, a division of SF Park & Rec.  Sharon Art Studio became a major part of my life for many years:  for training, inspiration & development;  and as an assistant & instructor.

Took advantage of the many classes & materials available in the Bay Area glass arts:  glass blowing, bead making, design, & painting on glass.  It was an amazing time of growth.

An interest and honoring of the many paths of spirituality developed during this time as well, and continues to this day.  My core belief:   The Truth is One, the Paths are Many! 
My openness & acceptance of all spiritual beliefs is reflected in my artwork.

New Mexico:
I moved from San Francisco to the beautiful East Mountains of Albuquerque in 1999 with my late husband, John E. Peterson – former curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center.   John was an excellent artist in so many areas:  acrylic & oil painting;  tile & glass mosaics; sculpture & carving;  digital arts;  stage sets;  remodeling & home building.  John and I collaborated on many art glass pieces & exhibitions.  I felt that between us we could create anything!  His passing from brain cancer in 2005 was a major loss for me & the community.

I’ve participated in many art shows and galleries in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos, and participating the NM State Fair.  I have been a member of various cooperative  galleries:  Sandia Man Gallery – Sandia Park;  Turquoise Trail Gallery – Cedar Crest;  Spirit in Art – Madrid;  and Brown Cow - ABQ.

As my ‘day job’ I was an Ad Sales Representative for albuquerqueARTS magazine since 2005, which offered the opportunity to interact with the local arts community directly.   Helping galleries, museums, performing venues, and artists effectively promote themselves gave me a wonderful feeling of satisfaction – the benefits come full circle from the artist to the client.  Promoting the Arts in Albuquerque is important - but I found it took too much time away from my creative process.

Which brings me back to the Present! A Time for New Adventures!
pen to developing new artwork & new methods for marketing my artwork:
Road trips, websites, on-line marketing, FaceBook, Twitter .... oye, what a learning curve!

Coming up:  Concetta's Galleria website for Women's Apparel ... and a Blog!

To read about Connie's Art Glass Techniques  click   


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