Shelby Hawthorne grew up on the coastline of Big Sur, CA surrounded by a family of artists. So it was no surprise when she decided to follow in her family’s footsteps and make a career for herself in art.
Shelby fell in love with glass her freshman year at California College of the Arts, and continued to improve and expand upon her education each summer at the Pilchuck Glass School. Also she worked for Annie Glass, who help her discover and explore functional tableware. After graduating and receiving her BFA from CCA in 2011, she moved to Washington, where she gained experience working at the Museum of Glass, along with other artists in the Seattle area.
Now, Shelby has her own studio in Sand City, CA where she continues to create fused and slumped glass art, as well as functional tableware. Inspired by the beauty, strength, depth, and color of glass, Shelby’s goal is “to bring fun and color back into gallery art.” She show her art at the Hawthorne Gallery and you can eat off her glass plates at Post Ranch Inn.
Along with Shelby’s love of glass is her love of fashion. She is designing her own line of leather handbags, which are beautiful art pieces, but are also functional and fun.
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