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Izabela Carlucci

Izabela Carlucci Stained glass maker
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Keeping the flame burning

  • • Izabela takes inspiration for her stained glass from popular culture
  • • Mythology, sacred books and folklore also inspire her
  • • Being a tattoo artist gave her a steady hand and drawing skills

Izabela Carlucci made a name for herself while still a student at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, one of only a few places in the world offering courses in stained glass at academic level. In 2018, she was awarded the Lithuanian Artists Association prize ‘for a consistent exploration of stained glass art and technology’. Her stained glass is painted and kiln-fired in a traditional way to withstand the test of time and any weather condition. “The techniques haven't changed much since the Middle Ages,” she says. “I cut and paint the glass by hand. I use lead for bigger works, and copper foil (the so-called Tiffany technique) for small-sized work.”

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Works

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Blue Jay

This blue stained glass bird is one of a series of birds Izabela made in 2017 exhibited in the Vitrazo Manufaktura glass gallery, in the historical centre of Vilnius. Stained glass is usually associated with enormous windows, but Izabela wanted to make pieces that could fit a pocket.

Izabela Carlucci Stained glass maker
Photo: © Izabela Carlucci
Blackbird

This red stained glass bird is one of a series of birds Izabela made in 2017 that she exhibited in the Vitrazo Manufaktura glass gallery in the historical centre of Vilnius. Stained glass is usually associated with enormous windows, but Izabela wanted to make pieces that could fit a pocket.

Izabela Carlucci Stained glass maker
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Coat of arms

This work was one of Izabela assignments during her studies at the Vilnius Art Academy. They were studying heraldry and had to work on a chosen design in glass. She felt very lucky that her family name on my father’s side is Polish and has a coat of arms, so she did not have to pick something at random.

Izabela Carlucci Stained glass maker
Photo: © Izabela Carlucci
The allegory of Freedom

This stained glass window of a woman in armour holding a sword was commissioned for an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence.

Izabela Carlucci Stained glass maker

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