Christy Woodings Newell is a local artist who works primarily in warm
glass. As part of an artistic family from Burlington, Christy received a
bachelors degree specializing in Arts Administration. She spent her
first career as part of the administrative team with The Crafts Center
at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. During her nearly 20
year long tenure at the University, Christy helped others make art,
taught classes, and curated gallery exhibitions of fine craft works.
Christy began lamp working glass while at The Crafts Center and was
instrumental in the incorporation of the art form into the Center’s
program. Happily, Christy returned home to Burlington in 2014, and
began working in her own glass studio. She lives near Downtown
with her two daughters and her mother, a former local art educator.
“As a bead maker, I draw inspiration from Nature for both my color
and design choices. My whimsical jewelry pieces are, in turn,
informed by the beads themselves. Each bead is made by me at my
torch, using soft glass (glass with a coefficient of expansion – COE –
of 104), silver reactive glass, precious metals, and glass frits and
enamels. The beads are then digitally annealed in a kiln prior to being
incorporated into baubles for your wearing pleasure. I also enjoy
drawing with color in other media from dyes and fabrics to paints,
threads, and mixed media. For me, COLOR is LIFE.