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A Glint of Moonlight in the Creative Journey

5/2/16

Shea Stanfield
Arts Columnist

The glint of moonlight on an elegantly designed flower vase, exquisitely designed serving platters showing off our carefully arranged hors-d’oeuvres, the romance of flickering candles presented in a custom designed arrangement are all everyday glass items adding quality and inspirations to our lives.  These are a few of the pieces designed by local artist Lea Pollock Plosker to bring joy and happiness into the everyday lives of others.

Lea began her creative journey with our neighbor to the North in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. At the age of 12, Lea moved with her family to San Diego, California. During her early schooling experience, Lea reflects that she was always interested in art and design, which resulted in her taking many art classes in ceramics, painting, and drawing. She favors the “one of a kind” aspect to creating art that was uniquely original. Lea went on to finish her M.Ed. in Character Education at the University of San Diego in 2002, moving to Arizona in 2008 when she married her husband Ari. Now they are the proud parents of two young daughters. A number of years ago, Lea was presented with an opportunity to take a class in fused glass, and it was love at first fire! She went on to enroll in additional workshops and classes that have given her the foundation for her artistic expressions today.

Lea’s mission is to create functional, fun art glass that will put a smile on your face. Her pieces include a large selection of sparkling tableware, handy bottle stops, useful coasters, elegant candleholders, functional purse hangers, and much more. If you can imagine it in use in your everyday life, Lea has made it or can create it for you. When asked where she derives her inspiration to keep her designs fresh and fun, Lea says, “I have been known to take my inspiration from my niece’s and daughters’ drawings, a plate of noodles on a plate, or the way toys are scattered across the floor. Everything organized and random can end up in my designs.”

Lea works from her home, with her studio set up in the garage, a handy space to be at the helm of her young family and not miss a beat on those creative possibilities. She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and participates in the annual Hidden in the Hill Studio tour each November. Lea also displays her work at the Gallery at El Pedregal, as well as a gallery in Winnipeg. Lea has an extensive selection of her functional glass art on her Web site at www.sunscapecreations.com. You can contact her on that site to arrange the purchase of an item, to visit her studio, and commission specific pieces designed for your environment. You will find her work fun, functional, and endlessly fascinating for conversation pieces in your home or office.

Contact arts columnist Shea Stanfield at flowingquill@yahoo.com.