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Artist of the Week: Carol Milne

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Carol Milne
: I've been working primarily in glass since 2000, but have been a "maker" all my life. Fiber continues to be a medium I gravitate towards, but clay, metal, concrete, wood, epoxy resin and found objects pop up now and then.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My process of "knitted glass" looks deceptively easy, but is very involved. I knit in wax, make a mold around the wax, melt the wax out of the mold, put the mold in a kiln and melt glass into the space where the wax was, and then destroy the mold to get the glass out. Once the glass is out, there is often cold-working (grinding glass with diamond tools) required to finish the piece.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
Inspiration is over-rated. 99.9% of my time is spent doing the work required to complete the vision. And most of my "visions" come from actually working. You get inspired when you do the work. You must be driven.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I am profoundly interested in humans; our social interactions, connections and motivations.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Oddly, I am more interested in the process of creating art than I am in the finished piece. But if I had to choose a particular body of work, the pieces I've created with hands knitting themselves resonate most deeply with me. Those pieces ask the question, "What does it mean to become your own mentor?" They are special because I'm still trying to answer that question.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
My family traveled and moved frequently: an average of once a year for the first 18 years of my life. All these years later, I'm still processing all that travel.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
The largest piece I've ever created, "Viper" is part of the glass biennial "BAM!Glasstastic" at the Bellevue Arts Museum through April 14th. You can also see my work in the store at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma or on my website

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
Starting in February, I will be an artist in residence at Amazon Seattle for 10 weeks (the first of four artists in 2019). Using Amazon's biospheres as a jumping off point, I'm planning to create many versions of glass balls, (knitted and otherwise). It will be the start of my "woman playing with balls" phase (haha).

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone.
Black. Although around the holidays I've been known to add a splash of eggnog.