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Biography: Alison Siegel

Alison Siegel
Alison Siegel

Alison Siegel’s collaborative work with Pamela Sabroso is inspired by nature, both real and imagined. Much of it is modeled off of tropical fruits, vegetables, sea life, or natural items foraged from local parks and vacant lots, such as tree bark, grasses, shells, crabs, and seed pods, as well as exploratory and creative experiments inspired by the deep sea and nature documentaries. Siegel and Sabroso use these inspirations to create fresh and brightly colored glass sculptures. “Glass to me is like a musical instrument,” said Siegel. “It takes dedication and practice, but the more you work at it, the better you get.”

Siegel earned a BA from Alfred University in 2009. She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she works as a glassblower at Monarch Glass Studio. She met Pamela Sabroso in Brooklyn in 2012, and they began collaborating in 2014. They find that working together allows more freedom into their artistic practice, and they encourage each other to take risks and try new things. They have been featured in Glass Quarterly and New Glass Review 39. Their most recent solo exhibition, Stranger Together, was at Heller Gallery in 2017.

For their April 2019 residency at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, they worked across studios to create new glass pieces that were more complex, abstract, and experimental than what they’ve created previously.