My name is CYNTHIA BUCKLEY and I’m a Stained Glass Artist.
Ever since I was a child, I have loved to draw and paint and as an adult started to collect antique glass. Combining my love for art and glass took me to the Diablo Glass School in Boston, which is affiliated with the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art. After taking private classes at Diablo in beginning and then advanced stained glass, I started working with stained glass and set up my own private studio on Cape Cod.
Over the years, I have taken classes in many other forms of glass including glassblowing, fusing, flameworking, glass sculpture, etching, sandblasting and also wireworking, which I use in some of my stained glass pieces. These classes have been at Diablo but also at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program, Whittemore-Durgin Glass and at the Studios at the Corning Museum. Continuing to learn more about the medium of glass has not only added to my own work but also given me a greater appreciation of the work of other glass artists.
I design and handcraft each piece I create using the Tiffany Copper Foil Method. Some of my work is traditional but most is non-traditional in it’s elements, modern design and construction. I rarely use a pattern but instead draw out an original design on paper, pull the types and colors of glass I want to use and then, as I create a piece, will sometimes change the design or glass so that each piece is truly one of a kind. I try to concentrate my time in the studio on work that is more challenging and artistic, making it more “art” than “craft”.
On Cape Cod, I was an Artist Member of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cape Cod Art Association, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Sandwich Arts Alliance, Falmouth Artist Guild and the Fuller Craft Museum, where I was also an instructor. I was also a member of the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce. I have been featured on several television and online video programs including the Cape Cod Visitors Network, Sandwich Chamber of Commerce “Spotlight” and Sandwich Community Television “I’m Sandwich Local”. My work was exhibited at the Wellfleet “Emerging Artists” Exhibition, Cape Cod Art Association, Sandwich Public Library and I was selected as a Glass Artisan Demonstrator for “Arts in Action” for the Town of Sandwich and I participated in many artisan shows, exhibitions and festivals.
After moving to South Carolina, I set up my glass studio at Atelier Off Bay in downtown Beaufort and became a member of the Beaufort Art Association and the Art League of Hilton Head. My work has been exhibited in the Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina, the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center and the Beaufort Art Association’s gallery as well as it’s satellite galleries. I have also participated in many local artisan shows, exhibitions and festivals. My work is available at my studio and also in many shops and galleries in the Low Country, including Beaufort River Glass, Maye River Gallery, The Turtle’s Nest, River and Marsh and ZenDen. Commission requests are accepted for both residential and commercial projects. I also recently did a public glass demonstration during the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. I teach private one-on-one stained glass classes in my studio and group classes at the Art League Academy on Hilton Head.