About Illuminata

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Glass artist, Julie Conway is the owner & designer of Illuminata Art Glass Design LLC,
a glass studio creating custom lighting and sculptural art glass. Formed in fire and made with her breath, Julie’s artistic expression focuses on the effects of light refracted through glass.

Julie’s passion for glassmaking and innovative design infuses all her projects.  Combining her traditional education from her studies abroad with European glass  masters, with her contemporary artistic vision,  Julie creates dynamic custom lighted glassworks and designs artforms for function.  Based in Seattle, WA a vibrant glass community, shipping world wide.

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Glass artist, Julie Conway, is the owner and designer of ILLUMINATA ART GLASS DESIGN LLC,
a glass studio creating functional and sculptural glass art works. Her first molten blob of glass was formed in 1997 and from there, she never looked back. Taking every opportunity to work as an assistant to learn glassmaking from her local glass studios & studying with European glass masters, she has she has dedicated her practice to refining traditional techniques with a contemporary design aesthetic. Julie creates dynamic, collectible glassworks with a flair for modern design and function.  Studio Illuminata is based in one of the world’s greatest cities for glassmaking, Seattle, Washington. Julie creates installations and custom commissions, and lectures worldwide.   Julie is involved with her local arts community in Seattle, WA as a faculty member at Pratt Fine Arts Center glass department,  as well as being a member of the International Glass Art Society & Northwest Deisgner Craftsmen. Collaborating with architects, designers & clients to create extraordinary custom lighted glassworks is her specialty.  She now features green,  low-energy LED components in many of her lighting installations.   Julie’s unique style has attracted several awards for design, lighting, and artistic accomplishment. Custom created glassworks by Julie are sold & exhibited across the United States & internationally. Julie continually expands her studies and work internationally with glass masters from Murano, in Venice, Italy, the Czech Republic, France and the US, allowing her the opportunity to become a teacher assistant in international glass schools in Venice and Istanbul. Her trips abroad teach her about the deep-rooted history of the medium of glass and allow her to bridge this tradition with contemporary design.   She is one of few contemporary women who have blown glass with the Venetian ‘maestri’. She also continues to teach courses in flameworking, glassblowing and assists in organizing international glass classes. ILLUMINATA ART GLASS DESIGN LLC is dedicated to the development of renewable and bio-sustainable fuel sources to produce glass and devotes a portion of its profits towards this new energy initiative, thereby helping to protect the environment and the future existence of glass arts. Julie is the founding member of BioGlass a small non-profit, addressing the needs for education and development of eco-efficient glass studios.  The continuum of glassmaking has existed for over 4,000 years. We hope to help further the development with energy efficient studio practice. 
Please visit www.bioglass.org for more information and to join the discussion. *photography by the artist, Jon Hustead, James Hart & Phillip Scott Drickey, and Scott Mitchell Leen.

Recent Installations

  • “Native Seeds,” 48 suspended pieces for the entry foyer of the Schimelpfinig Library in Plano,  Texas.
  • “Pioggia: (RAIN) Foyer chandeliers for jLofts – a custom luxury condo building in Omaha, NE.
  • Bar lighting for Macaroni Grill in Kona, HI. Foyer and Café Lighting for Spa Resort in Prescott, Arizona.
  • Dining Room and Bathroom Chandeliers for private homes across the United States and abroad.
  • Proxibid Corporate Headquarters featured chandelier, Omaha,  NE
  • Magnolia Houston Hotel Lobby, featured installation, Houston, TX

Studio Illuminata

Studio Illuminata is dedicated to the development of renewable and bio-sustainable fuel sources to produce glass and devotes a portion of its profits towards this new energy initiative, thereby helping to protect the environment and the future existence of glass arts. Julie now utilizes low-energy LED components in many of her lighting installations.   Northwest Designer Craftsmen Logo

Bioglass

Julie has launched BioGlass, a non-profit, addressing the needs for education and development of eco-efficient glass studios world-wide. With the threat of high cost in a fuel- consumptive industry, Julie and her colleagues are dedicated to the advancement of using sustainable fuel sources and recuperation techniques in the glass arts studios. Please visit www.bioglass.org for more information and to join the discussion. greengeeks