Sol Mesz is a glass artist best known for her work with 100% recycled glass. She uses the same techniques employed by 15th century European glass masters to achieve results that are rarely found in contemporary glasswork. Incorporating techniques from other disciplines, such as pottery, metal and silversmithing, she specializes in turning transparent sheets of glass into unique pieces of decorative and functional art, contemporary in style, that are also environmentally friendly.
Sol has received extensive training in glass working techniques and ceramic glaze making, along with courses of study in public art and gallery technology and management. She was trained by renowned Argentine glass and vitraux artist Carlos Herzberg in glass working techniques, including pâte de verre, vitraux, slumped and fused glass.
Sol makes her own colors for glass, so she can recycle used windowpanes instead of industrially color glass. These handmade colors add texture and interesting light effects. Her creativity, technique and materials make each piece unique.
Although the City of Palmdale required that the glass utilized for Nature Re-Presented and Back Home must be from recycled California beverage bottles, which were already colorized, her artistry is readily apparent in the unique textures and shapes of the glass portions of the piece.
Mesz is a member of the Glass Art Society, Buenaventura Arts Association, American Craft Council, Southern California Artists and Ventura Artists’ Union.
Her many awards include an Honorable Mention for the "Kiln Processes Using Recycled Glass" exhibition sponsored by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Conservation, May 2006; Merit Award, from the Buenaventura Art Association, August 2004; and Merit Award, from the Buenaventura Art Association, May 2004.
View a brief video of Sol discussing her training in glass arts.