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Reclaimed (and Reborn!)

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Mira Woodworth

Mira Woodworth

Artist Mira Woodworth is living her dream. She taught herself to create with glass while working full time as a civil litigation paralegal. I’ve done that job, and it’s incredibly demanding, so it’s extra impressive that she managed to move her dreams forward while so fully occupied. Woodworth says that at first, she used glass as her escape, but she was eventually able to turn it into a living. I’m very glad she found a way to pursue her art full time, since her staggering talent is abundantly apparent in her work. I came upon one of her pieces while reading other bloggers’ posts about glass sculpture, and when I spotted her work, it stopped me in my tracks.

Working primarily with reclaimed materials, Woodworth’s philosophy clearly shines through in her pieces.

“I am in love with the idea of reclaiming the unwanted and refinishing it into gallery-ready works of art. To me, this speaks to a basic truth of the inherent (and sometimes secret) beauty in everything. There are many “reclaimed” goods on the market, which is great for the environment. But, I believe the object comes first.

In other words, I want the viewer to fall in love with the beauty of the object first. A certain optimism is conveyed when the viewer learns it was resurrected from rubbish. This optimism is what my work is all about. It’s never too late for anything (or anyone) to be remade.” -About Mira Woodworth

The artist gathers her materials from all over. She collects glass construction debris – windows, shelves, shower doors, partitions – and breaks or cuts it into tiny fragments which she then uses in her pieces. Her stunning work is sold everywhere from galleries all over the U.S. to big online retailers like Artful Home and Uncommon Goods.

I know you’re going to love her beautiful glass art as much as I do!

All photos property of Mira Woodworth, used with permission.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “Reclaimed (and Reborn!)

  1. You know I love art glass so I am sure you knew I would be going full Gollum for each of these pieces. Some day, when I am an empty nester who has mugged that leprechaun, I am going to properly collect art glass.

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    • Full Gollum is my new favorite band name.

      I am beginning to contemplate retirement (still a few years off, but great fun to think about). And I have decided that if I can’t afford to buy glass artworks, I should instead learn to make them. It’s my middle-aged version of running away to join the circus.

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      • Yes! That sounds like a wonderful plan. I think my husband and I have been dream planning our retirement since we were in our early 20s. It is the idea of doing all of those things one never has time for, isn’t it? Actually having time to lead a full and active, well-balanced life. Of course, by the time we reach senior citizenship, the retirement age will likely be raised to 120.

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      • I know just what you mean. It’s hard to believe I’ll ever get there, but I can’t wait to start my second childhood!

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  2. Thank you for the great write up, Donna. I really appreciate the kind words!

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  3. Stunning! I especially love the bowls!

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