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Chevonne ArissRüna Glassworks
Living in East Los Angeles and working as a hairstylist and makeup artist in Hollywood since 2002, Chevonne Ariss had a full and exciting fashion, editorial, and commercial freelance career that lent itself to world travel and exploration. When she wasn’t on set, she was working at a high profile salon, Goodform of Hollywood, with a client list of industry heavyweights. In 2015 she took a break from all that to embark on her greatest, most fulfilling and proudest journey of all, motherhood.
Soon after, the craft of stained glass artistry was passed on to Chevonne by her mother-in-law, Claudia Ariss. After spending weekend intensives in Claudia’s glass studio in Nipomo, California, Chevonne had the passion and interest to take up stained glass classes closer to home in Los Angeles.
“After having my baby and not having the daily creative outlet of hair and makeup, I found a new medium in glass that ignited an overwhelming artistic drive and excitement. Utilizing my extensive study and application in the salon working with color theory, shaping and design has greatly influenced the textures, balance, patterns and colors in my glass work.”
After a year of studying under the guidance of Claudia and her LA teachers, she was ready to start the venture of showing and selling her pieces in gallery shows, online, and at a handful of high end retail stores throughout Southern California. Firstly, a series called “Jupiter’s Moons” aptly named for the 65 moons orbiting Jupiter. Followed by her secondary series of 53 pieces, “Moons of Saturn.”
After a move with her family to the Pacific Northwest, the next chapter for Chevonne in her now 6 year stained glass journey was teaching workshops out of her Portland, OR glass studio.
“Teaching has been such an unexpectedly fulfilling experience. Introducing this beautiful craft that is so close to my heart to a new generation of artisans is something I hope to do for many years to come.”
In early 2021 The Arisses once again relocated, this time to the east coast. You can now find Chevonne settling into her new home and setting up her studio in Western Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, Zandy, daughter Sequoia and their three dogs.
“I’m eager to dive even deeper into my stained glass journey as an artist and teacher. There’s a whole new world here in The Berkshires of inspiration, opportunity and artist community. I’m excited and ready to experience it all!”
Materials used for all work are glass, stone, zinc, lead & copper