Cecile H. Derel

I'm a Chicago based artist who works predominately in glass. My love affair with glass began in 1999 when I took my first stained glass class. I continued taking glass courses in fusing, lampworking and glass blowing, but I always return to stained glass. I’m drawn to glass as a medium for its transparency, translucency, colorful palette and versatile applications. It is a material that is visually appealing and powerful, yet extremely fragile. Its delicate nature and ability to transmit light makes it uniquely suited to the artistic representation of nature, thoughts and ideas.

I received my Bachelor's of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in December 2012. While at SAIC, I worked with a variety of mediums and continued to incorporate glass into my pieces. I returned to stained glass and began experimenting with it in unexpected, non-traditional ways. My experimentation led me to create 3-dimensional stained glass sculptures such as "Shell with Tentacles," "Bicycle Rim Light," and "Pteropod: Limacina helicina." In the last couple of years, I have been making glass engravings using the drill technique.