LORI Schinelli

LORI Schinelli

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Born in Brooklyn, Lori’s childhood summer days were spent at the beach.
As a teenager, she worked every summer as a lifeguard.
Being near the ocean always held the singular power to calm her heart.
She earned her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York, and married. Soon, there were children. Recalling her happy childhood memories, she brought her young family to the beach, passing on the love of sun, sand and water to her boys.
In 1993, the family moved to Atlanta and Lori faced a new challenge; There was no ocean for six long hours in any direction.
She longed for the peace she experienced at the beach and without a sandy place to put her feet she felt claustrophobic and suffocated.
In an attempt to spark joy in another way, she attended classes in painting and sculpture.
It was when she walked into a glass fusing class in 2002, that she was surprised to experience a familiar peaceful feeling. Somehow, working with glass diminished that ache that she thought only the sea could alleviate.
Glass captured the light, reflected and refracted it in a way that recalled, in her, the experience of looking out on the water.
Since that day, glass has been her primary medium. She has traveled across the US and Canada, learning various glass techniques, studying with masters at major glass centers such as the Bullseye Glass Factory, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Pilchuck Glass School.
She is currently working as a full time artist, splitting her time between her studio in Dunwoody, Georgia, and, more recently, her small studio in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
There, once again, she is inspired by the waves and the dolphins.
Her work ...

Born in Brooklyn, Lori’s childhood summer days were spent at the beach.
As a teenager, she worked every summer as a lifeguard.
Being near the ocean always held the singular power to calm her heart.
She earned her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York, and married. Soon, there were children. Recalling her happy childhood memories, she brought her young family to the beach, passing on the love of sun, sand and water to her boys.
In 1993, the family moved to Atlanta and Lori faced a new challenge; There was no ocean for six long hours in any direction.
She longed for the peace she experienced at the beach and without a sandy place to put her feet she felt claustrophobic and suffocated.
In an attempt to spark joy in another way, she attended classes in painting and sculpture.
It was when she walked into a glass fusing class in 2002, that she was surprised to experience a familiar peaceful feeling. Somehow, working with glass diminished that ache that she thought only the sea could alleviate.
Glass captured the light, reflected and refracted it in a way that recalled, in her, the experience of looking out on the water.
Since that day, glass has been her primary medium. She has traveled across the US and Canada, learning various glass techniques, studying with masters at major glass centers such as the Bullseye Glass Factory, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Pilchuck Glass School.
She is currently working as a full time artist, splitting her time between her studio in Dunwoody, Georgia, and, more recently, her small studio in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
There, once again, she is inspired by the waves and the dolphins.
Her work is sold in galleries in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
This most recent series of work is a celebration of life at the shore.

Fantasy shell 170903
Fantasy shell 170903
  • 6.5 x 6 x 5 in
Fantasy shell 170901
Fantasy shell 170901
  • 4.5 x 6.5 x 6 in
Reef#4
Reef#4
  • 12.5 x 16 x 3 in
Reef #1
Reef #1
  • 24.5 x 15 x 3 in
Fantasy Shell 170406
Fantasy Shell 170406
Sold
  • 5 x 7.5 x 6.5 in
Fantasy Shell 170404
Fantasy Shell 170404
Sold
  • 4.75 x 7 x 6 in
Long Key
Long Key
Sold
  • 8.5 x 20.5 x 10 in
Ocean Flower 3
Ocean Flower 3
Sold
  • 4.5 x 10.25 x 8 in
Flower of the Sea
Flower of the Sea
  • 6 x 14 x 14.5 in
Autumn on the Bank
Autumn on the Bank
Sold
  • 4.5 x 16.5 x 15 in
Water Ways 2
Water Ways 2
  • 5 x 16 x 17 in
Unfolding
Unfolding
Sold
Fantasy Shell #161225
Fantasy Shell #161225
  • 3.25 x 8 x 7 in
Effervescence II
Effervescence II
  • 8.5 x 17 x 17 in
Fantasy shell 160903
Fantasy shell 160903
Sold
  • 4.75 x 6 x 5 in
Fantasy shell 160906
Fantasy shell 160906
Sold
  • 4.75 x 6 x 5.75 in
Summer Tide
Summer Tide
Sold
  • 3.25 x 13.5 x 15 in
Shallows
Shallows
  • 5 x 16 x 15.5 in
Clear Spring
Clear Spring
Sold
  • 7.5 x 15 x 13.25 in
Fantasy shell #28
Fantasy shell #28
  • 5.25 x 8 x 5.5 in
Sea Dreams
Sea Dreams
Sold
  • 3 x 12 x 7.5 in
Tidepool 2
Tidepool 2
Sold
  • 5.5 x 18.5 x 17 in
Swept Sand
Swept Sand
  • 5 x 11 x 11 in
Water Ways
Water Ways
  • 4 x 17 x 15 in
Ichnatucknee Springs
Ichnatucknee Springs
  • 4 x 10.5 x 10 in