Alison Sigethy

Alison Sigethy studied theater and lighting design at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutger's University and received degrees in Art History and Interior Design from Marymount University. She was a commercial artist and art director before taking up glass full time in 2003. From 2003 to 2006 she was a studio artist with the Washington Glass School and has been a Torpedo Factory Artist since 2007. She has studied with glass artists Steve Kline, Elizabeth Mears, Richard La Ronde and Tim Tate.

Alison has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and been a speaker in the Smithsonian Presents series. She was the featured artist in the Phillips Art Collection Museum Shop for most of 2010, and has created "numerous" green art shows, including America Recycles for the US Department of State. She is on the faculty for the Washington Arts Glass School, is a Torpedo Factory Resident Artist, and was the Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year with Marsha Staiger in 2010.

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Water Features and Nature Art

I create new and old life forms out of salvaged materials - primarily structural glass and found wood. These forms are very organic but still abstract. Recently, I have been making glass pods that can be interpreted as fossils, eggs, skeletons or creatures. By creating pieces that can represent the contradictory ideas of beginning and end, rebirth and decay, without preference, I hope to create dialogue about the continuum of life and our place in it.

My choice in glass is largely environmental - structural glass, which makes up the majority of all manufactured glass, is not recycled but buried in land fills - so using building glass is part of my mission. But I also enjoy the challenge of taking a cold, hard sterile material and giving it new life as an organic form. People often comment that my work looks like it's living, growing or in motion, and nothing could please me more.

Sea Core at the Hotel Monaco “Sea Core at the Hotel Monaco”

This Sea Core bubble fountain was designed for the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, VA. It stands 11 x 11 x 24.

Hotel St Regis “Hotel St Regis”

Medium Sea Core. 11x11x24.

St. Regis Suite “St. Regis Suite”

Small Sea Core. 11x11x19.

Living Room Decor “Living Room Decor”

These Sea Cores were photographed inside a suite at the Hotel St. Regis in Washington, D.C.

Water Trail Project “Water Trail Project”

Bask. 20 x 9 x 7.

Shelter “Shelter”

Shelter. 21 x 14 x 9.5

Nest “Nest”

Nest. 11 x 11 x 5.

Shape Shifter “Shape Shifter”

Shape Shifter. 22 x 13 x 17

Tipping Point “Tipping Point”

Tipping Point. 20 x 20 x 8.

Walnut Tree Trilogy “Walnut Tree Trilogy”

These 3 trees are made out of salvaged wood and recycled glass.

Tallest: 12 x 18 x 74.
Medium: 12 x 18 x 70.
Smallest: 12 x 18 x 60.

Mushrooms “Mushrooms”

Here you can see a close up of the mushrooms on a Walnut Tree.

Sea Jewels “Sea Jewels”

Glass Sea Jewels. 2 x 2 x 1 each.

Life Below “Life Below”

Life Below.

Small Yellow Sea Core Detailing “Small Yellow Sea Core Detailing”

This is a close-up of the components of one of my Sea Cores. Here, you can see jellyfish and bubbles.

Tall Sea Core “Tall Sea Core”

Tall Sea Core. 11x11x32.

Sea Jewels “Sea Jewels”

Glass Sea Jewels. 2 x 2 x 1 each.

Geodes “Geodes”

Assorted glass geodes. 2 x 2 x 2.5 each.

Trees at Hotel Monaco “Trees at Hotel Monaco”

These trees were commissioned as interior decor for the lobby of the Hotel Monaco.

Small Yellow Sea Core “Small Yellow Sea Core”

Small Yellow Sea Core. 11 x 11 x 19.

Family Tree “Family Tree”

Family Tree. 17 x 8 x 6

Apple Tree “Apple Tree”

Apple Tree. 20 x 14 x 63.

Firefly Tower “Firefly Tower”

Firefly Tower. 11 x 11 x 84.

Family Tree IV “Family Tree IV”

Family Tree IV. 17 x 8 x 6