Today we’d like to introduce you to Kolika Chatterjee.
Kolika, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I evolved from an engineering/science background to marketer + consumer behaviorist. Never been to art school, but design has always been at the core of who I am, how I think and an intrinsic part of what I do. I was always fascinated by glass—the motion, the fluidity, the pattern of cracks, all of it. When I was about 11, I found an abandoned sheet of framing glass, stuck it on paper and took a hammer to it, then poured ink through the cracks. Needless to say, this pre-teen adventure got me into significant trouble but also got me my first set of glass paint (thanks Mama!), followed by lessons in glass etching. Stained glass and fused glass were self-taught; although I have had mentors along the way and refresher classes.
I love fused glass because it is reminiscent of my days in the lab, being so much more science than art, with detailed record-keeping, core understanding of glass chemistry and how heat performs in the kiln. There is always so much new going on in that world—new techniques and innovations… there’s always so much to learn.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make art (usually from glass, sometimes repurposed materials) that becomes a part of your life. My work is eclectic and functional. Rather than hang on a wall, or sit on a shelf, my art wants to be used as vases, business card holders, succulent planters and popcorn bowls (for Netflix binging). My appetizer trays want to be invited to your alfresco wine parties. My serving bowls & centerpieces deserve a spot, when you’re arguing politics over Thanksgiving dinner.
Inspired by Nature, inspired by my travels, inspired by the strength and fragility of human nature. Above all, the biggest inspiration is the material itself, how light plays off it and on it-what goes through and what comes back- the optics and the chemical reactions between two different colors of glass, the softness of different colors of glass and fluidity depending on the size of strips is what makes glass so fascinating to me.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Take good pictures, Organize. Do your books… And if you’re not great at the business side of your art business, hire someone. Don’t try to do it all.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
On a regular basis, I always take custom orders, share my learnings and do occasional demos online on my social channels. I do regular art shows throughout the Boston area so do follow me at Instagram.com/GlassPaperbyKolika and Facebook.com/GlassPaperScissors to know where I am going next. Want to find me in a store? Visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston- they have a Monet inspired collection currently, until supplies last.
I do have some jewelry as well as home goods at 4GoodVibes in Spring Hill area in Somerville and Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square Somerville. Are you a store owner looking for fresh content? I am always up to give a new local business a go…happy to chat!
- Website: glasspaperbykolika.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasspaperbykolika/
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/glasspaperscissors
Jaclyn Tyler & Kolika Chatterjee