Events in 2023

BIMA Spotlight

An exhibition at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum that spotlights artists from the Pacific Northwest, June – October 2023. Included in this exhibition: Mini Habit #1: Thornton Creek Watershed, Fawn and Penn Cove.

Glass Art Magazine

The spring issue will include an article discussing the inspiration for my new series of  glass and mixed media wall installations.  The article will highlight the first this series, titled Thornton Creek Watershed.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

I live in the Thornton Creek Watershed, a quiet corner of North Seattle. Each day before I head to the studio I spend time outside, paddle boarding the waterways, gardening, or walking the dog, but always observing the wildlife and landscape. It was making my way through this natural environment, and intentionally taking mental snapshots that inspired me to create the narrative installation Mini Habitat #1: The Thornton Creek Watershed. This watershed, nestled between the Salish Sea and Lake Washington, provides me a vital connection to the earth. Bald eagles, great blue herons, beavers, coyotes, songbirds, squirrels, and white-tailed rabbits are just a fraction of the inhabitants coexisting within our urban environment.

Large conifers, the green belt ravines, an abundance of parks, and many waterways emptying into nearby Lake Washington, all drew me to make this place home. Animals from this lush habitat have been a long-time focus of my inspiration. But rapid climate change and our impact on the environment have narrowed my attention on the natural spaces we all depend on. My new installation, Mini Habitat #1: The Thornton Creek Watershed celebrates the environment, the creatures, and the water that connects us all.

Awarded the Molyneaux Award for Woman from Pratt Fine Art Center

This award has provided me the use of Pratt’s Flame Working and Print Studio for workspace for 1 year, and classes to study Collagraph Printing and Flame Worked Glass.

Events in 2022

Connections 2022: Glass From Every Angle

Part of the 2022 Annual Glass Art Society Conference, this special exhibition highlights the work and achievements of a selection of Glass Art Society members from around the world. Chosen by a jury of industry professionals, this display showcases the breadth of experience, methods, and vision of Glass Art Society members.

Thank you to our 2022 Jurors: Ann Wåhlström (Sweden), Anna Grigson (Australia), Therman Statom (USA), Shane Fero (USA), Sung Won Park (Korea).


New Gallery Representation

I’m honored to be joining the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St Petersburg, Florida.

Events in 2021

You Are The Earth, a large scale mixed media installation

You can view my 8ft. x 10ft. photo collage with chalk drawing, kiln cast glass and fabric installation in an  Amazon Headquarters building at the corner of John St and Boren is Seattle, WA. , February through mid- May.

 Glass Art Society Collector’s Tour: Refract 2021

On October 15th, my studio will be one of the stops on the GAS Private Collector’s tour.  I will be talking about my work and demonstrating my unusual glass casting techniques.  For more information contact

Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience

The Seattle Glass Experience: Refract is back for 4 days in October 2021. See the region’s luminaries of glass art come out and shine with special events, exhibitions, parties, studio tours, intriguing demos and opportunities to connect with artists working in this fascinating medium.  My studio will be open on Saturday, October 16th from 11-3:00.

Events in 2020

Please take a look at my YouTube video for insight into my inspiration, processes and studio.

Crista Matteson Kiln Cast Glass and Cast Bronze

Also on YouTube you will find individual videos of my sculptures that have been posted by some of my galleries.

Due to the Corona Virus a featured exhibition of my new work titled, Kinship can be viewed online at Bender Gallery, restrictions are lifted you can view the work in person, in their gallery in North Carolina.

Habatat Gallery’s 48th Annual International Invitational Exhibition

Due to the Corona Virus this exhibition can be viewed on line. Opening May 8th, Habatat Direct

I’m thrilled to announce the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA will be began showing my kiln cast glass sculptures in the Museum Gallery.  Check their website for the reopening date.

Events in 2019

“Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Habatat’s Glass 47 International Award Winners”

(dates to announced)

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

“Habatat Gallery’s 47th Annual International Invitational Exhibition” 

May 2 – July 5th 2019

Royal Oak, Michigan

“Art of the Garden”

June – July 31st 2019

Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

“Museo’s Annual Garden Show”

April 6th – 30th

Museo Gallery, Langley, Whidbey Island, WA

“Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s Annual Contemporary Craft Exhibit”

Mesa, Arizona

Events in 2018

“Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibit”

Awarded a Juror’s Choice Award for the sculpture “Snow on Pines”

Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ     Feb. 9th – April 15th

By Hand, International Fine Craft Competition”

Blue Line Arts,  Roseville, CA

“What Goes Bump In The Night”

Vegas Clay Center, Las Vegas, NV

“Ceramics Monthly” magazine published an image of Snow on Pines in their Exposure section in the March issue

New Gallery representation:  Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC

attended “Pilchuck Glass School”  Stanwood, WA. for workshop titled, Building Positives  May/June

Assistant Instructor at Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. helping teach Kiln Cast Glass  June/July

“Tenacious”  a group show at Suzanna Zarr Gallery, Mercer Island, WA.  Aug. 3 – Oct. 3

“10 Years at NW Encaustic” a group show of all the artists who have had solo shows in gallery over the past 10 years.  Nov. 3 – 30th

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