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Glass artist Cindi Shaffer set to discuss work Monday

“Doggy Dude” is a screened and fused glass creation by Cindi Shaffer. (Courtesy)

“Doggy Dude” is a screened and fused glass creation by Cindi Shaffer. (Courtesy)

Cindi Shaffer presents “An American in Guanajato on the Day of the Dead” at a free public talk to Prescott Art Docents at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Prescott Center for the Arts Theatre, 208 N. Marina St.

Shaffer is a kiln-formed glass artist.

“Glass to me is light, translucent color and texture,” she says. “Opacity bounces color back to the viewer. Translucency allows depth and a glimpse of what is on the other side, a portal or window through or into the piece.”

Shaffer incorporates her own photographs and drawings into her work via printmaking, mark making and layering of imagery. This multi-step process involves many firings, as glass is naturally a pieced medium.

“My goal is to transcend this design necessity and add fluidity, layering and complexity,” she says. “The idea is to see the design, to look into it, to build depth and to see the overall imagery as a whole, not as individual pieces.”

Enamel painting, screen-printing, solar plate relief printing, nature prints and monotype techniques have expanded Shaffer’s visual vocabulary allowing the work to grow and change. Her husband, Joe, works with steel, wood and stone to complete their glass multi-media pieces.

The Shaffers’ collaborative sculpture and individual glasswork are currently showing at multiple venues in downtown Prescott, including Art2 Gallery, ’Tis Gallery, and Prescott Center for the Arts. Private showings at the Astral Glass Studio on 6th Street are by appointment only.

See www.astralglassstudio.com for photos of their sculpture, decorative art and jewelry.