Criss Chaney was born in Seattle, Washington, where she first learned to work with stained glass. After high school she moved to San Francisco to study at California College of the Arts, where she discovered the magic of molten glass. There, she won a scholarship to go to Pilchuck Glass School, where she continues to spend her summers. In 2004 she made the leap across the Atlantic and moved to England to finish her degree at the University of Sunderland.

For three years she has been developing a new technique where she combines glass and metals, exploiting techniques for working with both materials. Her pieces make people question their views on glass and push the boundaries between glass and other media. Her objects always have interior and exterior space for the viewer to enjoy and interact with.

She now makes her work in Sunderland where she has founded her own business creating contemporary glass sculptures. She has completed commissions for Sunderland City Council and HSBC Bank. She is currently treasurer for Creative Cohesion as well as exhibiting internationally. She plans to keep traveling around the world gaining inspiration, and working alongside world-class artists.


June 2009      Pilchuck Glass School                                       Stanwood, WA
The Kitchen Sink                                                                     Instructor: Pino Cherchi

Nov 2007 – Apr 2008   Creative Gleam                                     Durham, UK

Business Training through Durham University

2006-March 2009        Creativitiworks                               Sunderland, UK

Business Mentoring

2004-2006     BA(Hons) University of Sunderland        Sunderland, UK

Glass, Architectural Glass, and Ceramics

May-June 2004          Pilchuck Glass School                         Stanwood, WA

Architectural Glass: Not Just Flat Glass                        Instructor: John Reyntiens

2002 -2004        California College of the Arts              San Francisco, CA
Glass Major

Group Exhibitions

December 2010    Dec the Halls, Creative Cohesion Gallery        Sunderland, UK

September 2010 Opening Exhibition, Creative Cohesion         Sunderland, UK

Aug/Sept 2010   British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre Stourbridge, UK

Jul–Sep 2010 Thank Glass its Friday, Red House Glass Cone Stourbridge, UK

June 2010        London Jewellery Week, The Glass Art Gallery      London, UK

July 2009             Reflexivity, Cambridge Galleries                          Cambridge, UK

June/July 2009    Artomatic Washington, DC

April 2009           SOFA New York, Zest Gallery                                 New York, NY

Mar/May2009     Cohesion, Pyramid Gallery                                               York, UK

Mar/ May 2009 Glance and Reflect, Washington Arts Centre Washington, UK

January 2009       Designer Crafts, The Mall Galleries                        London, UK

Nov/Dec 2008     Choice, Artworks-mk                                        Milton Keynes, UK

Nov/Dec 2008     Present, The Hive Gallery                                          Barnsley, UK

November 2008  Cohesion, Artworks Gallery                                    Newcastle, UK

September 2008  Birmingham Art Fair, Gas Hall                     Birmingham, UK

September 2008  Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair, The Sage      Gateshead, UK

May/June 2008   Blast, London Glassblowing                                        London, UK

May 2008           The Adventures of…, 51 Lime Street                    Newcastle, UK

Mar/Apr 2008    Print and Glass, Obsidian Gallery           Stoke Mandeville, UK

Nov/Feb 2008    Treasure, The Dick Gallery                                   Kilmarnock, UK

Nov/Jan 2008     Christmas Present, Shipley Art Gallery            Gateshead, UK

Nov/Jan 2008     Winter Warmth, Park Gallery                                   Falkirk, UK

October 2007      Pilchuck Annual Auction, The Westin                   Seattle, WA

Sept/Nov 2007    Side by Side, Devon Guild of Craftsmen        Bovey Tracey, UK

Sept/ Oct 2007    Cohesion, Pyramid Gallery                                               York, UK

September 2007  Design Edge, Sandown Park Exhibition Centre        Esher, UK

May 2007            May Glass Exhibition, Pyramid Gallery                       York, UK

March 2007         Id:entity, The West End Centre                               Aldershot, UK

Nov/ Dec 2006   Off the Shelf, Saltburn Gallery            Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK

September 2006  Liquid Light, Rook Lane Chapel                                 Frome, UK

September 2006  Anthropomorphism, Woman Made Gallery         Chicago, IL

June/July 2006    New Designers, Business Design Centre               London, UK

June  2006           Emerge, National Glass Centre                            Sunderland, UK

December 2005 Something Sumptuous, The Beetroot Tree     Derbyshire, UK

May 2005            Dry Run, The Art Studio                                         Sunderland, UK

April 2005           Junior Review, Center Gallery                                  Oakland, CA

Apr/May 2005 Schott 25th Anniversary, Schott Glass Factory Darlington, UK

April/May 2004  New Artists New Works, Public Glass       San Francisco, CA

November 2003  Figure Drawing, CCA Café                                        Oakland, CA

Sept 2002       CCA Entering Freshman, North/South Galleries    Oakland, CA

June 2002     Edmonds Art Festival, Francis Anderson Center  Edmonds, WA

February 2002   Scholastic Art Awards, Historic Monte Cristo      Everett, WA


2010 University of Sunderland Alumni Award
2010 Hope Winch Scholar Prize
2009 University of Sunderland Alumni Award
2009 Employee Awards for Sunderland City Council
2008 University of Sunderland Alumni Award
2008 HSBC Stand Centrepiece for Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair
2008 Employee Awards for Sunderland City Council
2007 Visitors Gifts for the University of Sunderland
2007 Awards for the Blueprint Competition University of Sunderland
2005 Table centrepieces for Hell’s Kitchen
2003 Stained glass window for Big Sleep Futons


May/June 2010  Artist in Residence, Red House Glass Cone   Stourbridge, UK
Dec 09-Present  Treasurer, Creative Cohesion                               Sunderland, UK
May 2009         Workshop Assistant, Big Bear Elementary    Big Bear Lake, CA
May 08-Dec 09  Academic Tutor, University of Sunderland      Sunderland, UK
May 2008        Outreach Art Workshops, Laing Art Gallery       Newcastle, UK
Feb-Apr 2008      Family Workshops, Shipley Art Gallery           Gateshead, UK
Dec 06- Present     Demonstrator, National Glass Centre           Sunderland, UK
May-June 2007   Assistant, Pilchuck Glass School                           Stanwood, WA
Jul-Sep 2004 Designer and Fabricator, McCarthy Stained Glass Big Bear, CA
July-Sept 2004      Gallery Assistant, The Gallery                              Big  Bear, CA



May 2009                  Pilchuck Scholarship
May 2008                  Blueprint Awards, Short listed
September 2006        Glass Sellers Student Prize, Short listed
February 2004          CCAC/ Pilchuck Partner Scholarship, Full Scholarship September 2002        California College of Arts and Crafts, Creative
Achievement Award

May 2002                  Meadowdale Awards, Exceptional Creativity Award
February 2002          The Scholastic Art Awards, Silver Key


May 16, 2010 Glass Artists Collaborate at the Cone, Stourbridge News.
May 12, 2010
Express & Star
December 2009
Kelly, Jessamy. The combination of glass and ceramics as a means of artistic expression in studio practice. PhD Thesis
Nov/Dec 2009
Chambers, Rachael. The Devon Guild of Craftsmen Riverside Mill, Craftsmen craft&design Magazine pg18.
July 2009
Reflexivity Exhibition Catalogue. Published by Contemporary Glass Society and Cambridge Galleries.
April 16, 2009
Collett, Christopher. Art Review Glance and Reflect. MetroLife pg25.
April 3, 2009
Carruthers, Marissa. Glance and then reflect at local artwork. Sunderland Echo pg29.
Photo Series Studio Glass in the UK, Part 2. Glashaus Magazine pg13
Sept 2007
Intro: Watkins-Baker, Helga. Side by Side Exhibition Catalogue. Published by Contemporary Glass Society
Oct 26, 2007
Pilchuck Glass School 29th Annual Auction Catalog. pg70
Sept 2007
Forward: Anne Tye, Glass Directory 2007. Published by Cohesion Glassmakers Network pg26-29


@ Fern Avenue, Newcastle, UK
Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, UK
Church House Designs, Congresbury, UK
Creative Cohesion, Sunderland, UK
Gallery 4, Durham, UK
Lupton Square Gallery, Honley, UK
Made, Uppingham, UK
National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK