Started working in glass in 1989 in Portland, Oregon. Started working in glass in California in 2008.
Cassandria Blackmore was born in California in 1968 and spent part of her childhood in Berkeley with her bohemian parents, an English father and her American mother. She grew up on a self sustaining farm in Oregon and learned at a very early age that everything had a process. Creativity was integral to existing. She moved to Seattle in the early 90s and worked for 20 years in the midst of the Seattle Studio Glass Movement before returning to her home state of California.
Blackmore is acclaimed for her unconventional approach to reverse painting. She is widely recognized as a pioneering artist whose work goes beyond the traditional boundaries of glass and into the contemporary realm. She studied at Lewis & Clark College, completed independent studies in Yorkshire, England, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art where her thesis was on exploring Eastern and Western perspectives on art. Her work is collected internationally and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hauberg Fellowship for painting on glass. In 2006, she was honored as the Renwick Smithsonian artist of the month.
Blackmore’s recent commissions include a large scale permanent installation for the lobby of the new Waldorf Astoria. Her work is in the public collections of Neiman Marcus, Lexus Corp., Four Seasons, University of Washington, MGM Center, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, Pacific Central Bank, The Hilton, Opryland, The Peninsula Hotel, City of Seattle, Washington State Arts Commission, The Yellowstone Private Collection, Deloitte Consulting and more.
“With my work you may, at times, see the painting through the transparent surface while later you might see the reflection of the environment around it thus obscuring the artist’s physical mark. Glass is a chameleon of sorts, an illusionist.”