Signature Artist - Steven Correia
For over 30 years Steven V. Correia has been a vital influence in the modern glass movement. One of a select group of American glass artists who has achieved international prominence, Correia’s work is collected and exhibited at leading art expositions and museums world wide.
Internationally distinguished corporations, organizations and private collectors have commissioned Steven V. Correia, through his company, Correia Crystal, to design and create custom crystal sculptures. These fine art pieces are used as awards and gifts. They are tailored to client identities and effectively symbolize outstanding corporate achievement and individual accomplishments.
Steven V. Correia began his career in 1972 while receiving his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii. Drawn to sculpture and design in high school, his tastes as an artist refined toward glass art as he experienced the fluidity of the medium and the excitement and spontaneity of creating with it.
UCLA offered Correia a scholarship as a teaching assistant while completing his masters degree in art. Although he later received a second masters degree in fine art from the University of Hawaii, it was at UCLA that he conceived the vision for his first company, Correia Art Glass. Three decades later, Correia Art Glass is the largest studio in the country that still employs a glass making process called freehand blowing. Over thirty skilled artisans transform Correia designs into the finest contemporary art glass in the world.
The artist founded Correia Crystal in 1987. In this studio Correia and his staff are dedicated to creating classically beautiful objects of original design from the highest quality optical crystal available.
Parallel to his work in glass is his continuing evolvement into large-scale environmental kinetic light sculpture as well as his audio and visual performance art. They combine laser light, movement, and illusion. Correia’s Laser Light Sculptures, “Eastern Lights” and “Southern Lights” illuminated the sourthern California sky for twelve years.
Why Correia Uses Optical Crystal
Glass, like air, bends and refracts light. The way a clear or smoggy day affects the colors of the sky at sunset also dictates how we will see light sculpted through crystal.
Noted for its purity, crystal has been perceived as the best form through which light can pass. For hundreds of years, it has been the choice of artists working in the clear, colorless medium of pure, refracted light.
In more recent times, high technology has developed optical crystal for scientific purposes. Specifically, it is used wherever the accurate measurement of light is needed. It is used to view the moon, planets, and stars beyond. The crystal contains no bubbles or striations and is virtually colorless. It is an exact glass. Correia polishes it optically flat causing 99% of the light that hits the surface of the sculpture to bounce off. It is this polishing technique that gives the crystal its jewel-like effect.
“The medium must be void of all imperfections before I can design with light and imbue the space with light’s illusions,” says Correia about this pure material. “Each crystal sculpture represents the purest possible refractions. The reflections are precise. Nothing obscures the light as it dances within the crystal.”