I am Carol Korfin – a.k.a. The Glass Giraffe. I create one-of-a-kind Fused Glass Art - no two pieces are ever exactly alike. I chose my name by “fusing” my love of all things giraffe with my love of glass art.
My husband and I have lived in San Diego since 1981, and my passion for art has been contagious as he now creates and sells his own popular “Computer Chip Clocks” and assists in my business and creative endeavors. We were both born in New Jersey and lived in Saratoga Springs, NY and Orlando, FL before moving here.
I have had “artsy” tendencies since my childhood, but they were applied to exploring a myriad of art and craft forms to keep myself amused, and to my children and their friends, through scouting and other groups. Later I began decorating and redecorating our homes (and there were quite a few as we moved from the Northeast, to the Southeast and finally the West), as well as my daughter’s and son’s homes. My four grandchildren have especially benefited, as I have redecorated their rooms multiple times as they grew from babies to toddlers to youngsters to teens.
When I retired, I got serious about my favorite form of art…. Glass! I took a class locally and was immediately hooked. I took more classes and my imagination started creating more pieces than my home, family and friends could handle, and that’s when I realized that others wanted to see and buy the unique glass sculptures, artwork, functional items and jewelry that I created! I continue to learn at independent study, formal classes and association-sponsored group learning sessions, as well as trial and error, which often has the most exciting results!
My art is currently exhibited in the following:
- San Dieguito Art Guild / Off Track Gallery, Lumberyard Center, Encinitas
- Let's Go Home Gift Shop & Gallery, Del Mar area
Artists Guilds and Associations:
- San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild
- San Dieguito Art Guild, Encinitas
- Coastal Artists, Del Mar
- Allied Artists ASsociation of San Diego, La Jolla
- Sargent Art Group
- San Diego County Art Mart, San Diego
- Art Glass Association of Southern California, Spanish Village in Balboa Park
I have been in juried shows in San Diego, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Poway, Ramona and Fallbrook and have won the following:
- Third Place, Emerging Artist, AGASC, 2009
- Second Place. Small Image Show, Off Track Gallery, 2010
- First Place, Monthly Show, C.O A.L. Gallery, Carlsbad, 2010
- Honorable Mention, NCSFA Open Juried Show 2011
I have always had a passion for creating. My creativity mostly runs to the whimsical, but I am also inspired by nature and items that pertain to the observance of my religion. I became hooked on glass around 2006 and soon began creating more pieces than my home, family and friends could handle.
Each glass art piece is drawn from my imagination and the world around me using the finest quality glass. Using a variety of glass types – such as translucent, opaque, dichroic, iridescent, frit, millefiore, confetti, rods, stringers and noodles -- my pieces are limited only by my mind’s boundaries and the size of my glass fusing kiln, which happens to be pretty big. I often work with themes – including holidays, seasons, animals, as well as special requests, and I create functional decorative items (candlesticks, serving plates, etc.) as well as artwork purely to enjoy.
Many pieces require multiple firings to achieve the designs and textures to my satisfaction. The final firing (called slumping) is when the piece takes it finished form.
Platters, bowls, animals, wall creations, decorative pieces, Judaica and jewelry are all created for the most discerning buyer and can be found in galleries and exhibitions all around San Diego County. Browse this website and my personal website www.GlassGiraffe.com to view a variety of my contemporary creations and muse at my whimsical interpretations in glass.
I look forward to you having you adopt one of my creations to take home to live with you.
You can contact me at carol [at] glassgiraffe [dot] com or (858) 793-5482 and I can do a custom piece especially for you.