I love to create patterns and play with color combinations as I hope you can see from the pictures of my artwork on this website. Because glass may be cut, crushed, or powdered before it is assembled and fused to create a solid piece, it allows endless possibilities for exploring patterns of lines and color as well as the perception of depth. I am constantly inspired to try combining something new from a wide range of sources—from Art Nouveau and modern graphics to Japanese woodblock prints, from ancient Roman mosaics to Celtic designs, from the National Botanical Garden to my own garden beds. Lately, I find myself drawn to the challenge of integrating mosaic designs with stencils, natural leaf material, and recycled glass. The design possibilities of fused glass challenge and daunt me, but the satisfaction of producing a completed, sleek, shiny new work (whether it be a sculpture, a serving platter, jewelry, or a holiday ornament) keeps me going week after week.
Kristi Provasnik trained professionally as a biologist and Master Gardener. But she has also studied multiple art mediums to bring her creative imaginations to life, including Sogetsu ikebana and pottery in Miyazaki, Japan; oil painting in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and paper marbling in Arlington, Virginia. In 2006, she began taking classes in kiln formed glass techniques at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo, Maryland. In 2009, she renovated her art studio so she could focus on working in glass. In spring 2011, she was one of six Emerging Artists to exhibit at Glen Echo’s Art Glass Center.
In 2013, she was one of four local artists invited to participate in a gala reception and fundraiser to benefit Homestretch. In 2014, she was a vendor at the Mothers of North Arlington (MONA) holiday “Sip-n-Shop.” Since 2014, she also has exhibited at various venues around Arlington as part of the Arlington Artist Alliance.