Carol Shelkin creates contemporary, original and intricate designs that emanate care and attention to detail with hand cut glass.
Taking to art as soon as she was able to hold a crayon, she started attending Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. It was clear at a young age that her life would be centered on her passion for art.
She continued her artistic direction with studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After attending PAFA, she opened an arts nursery school/child care where she continues to work today.
Along with her school, she teaches a variety of art mediums to adults which includes mosaics from beginners to advanced levels world wide.
Carol, also having a successful artistic career in painting and pottery, has been accepting commissions and creating one-of-a-kind works of art that's displayed in galleries, community centers, libraries, commercial and residential settings. Most recently, she received a grant from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to complete a community project enhancing the interior of The Schoolhouse Centers' art room where she teaches mosaics. She also just completed working with 600 kindergarten students to help them create their school mascot in mosaic: The Koala.
She is privileged to be involved with an international collective mosaic to honor Steve Irwin which is now installed at the Australia Zoo and another mosaic collective donated to St. Johns Providence Park Hospital in Michigan. There have been many juried shows that she has been chosen to exhibit in, including Mosaic Art International in 2009 and 2010.
Carol has been published in several books and an international portfolio of Mosaic Artist from around the world. She finds a very eclectic approach to surface design, placing glass where she, as a painter naturally places paint.
"I would like onlookers to discover art that has a personal meaning." - Carol Shelkin
Carol's 2013 Visiting Artist Workshop at Ciel is listed here