Living in East Los Angeles and working as a hairstylist and makeup artist in Hollywood since 2002, Chevonne Ariss had a full and exciting fashion, editorial, and commercial freelance career that lent itself to world travel and exploration. When she wasn't on set, she was working at a high profile salon, Goodform of Hollywood, with a client base of A-list celebrities and industry heavyweights. In 2015 she embarked on her greatest, most fulfilling and proudest journey of all, motherhood.
Soon after, during Chevonne’s maternity leave, the craft of stained glass artistry was passed on to Chevonne by her mother-in-law, Claudia Ariss. After spending a weekend in Claudia's glass studio in Nipomo, California, Chevonne had the passion and interest to take up stained glass classes closer to home in Los Angeles.
"After having my baby and taking a break from the daily creative outlet of hair and makeup, I found a new medium in glass that ignited an overwhelming artistic drive and excitement. Utilizing my extensive study and application in the salon working with color theory, shaping and design has greatly influenced the textures, balance, patterns and colors in my glass work."
After a year of studying under the guidance of Claudia and her LA teachers, she was ready to start the venture of showing and selling her pieces in gallery shows, online, and at a handful of high end retail stores throughout Southern California. Firstly, a series called "Jupiter's Moons" aptly named for the 65 moons orbiting Jupiter. Followed by her secondary series of 53 pieces, “Moons of Saturn.”
After a move with her family to the Pacific Northwest, the next chapter for Chevonne in her now 6 year stained glass journey was focused on teaching workshops out of her Portland, OR glass studio.
“Teaching has been such an unexpectedly fulfilling experience. Introducing this beautiful craft that is so close to my heart to a new generation of artisans is something I hope to do for many years to come.”
In early 2021 The Arisses once again relocated, this time to the east coast. You can now find Chevonne in the village of South Egremont, MA of The Berkshires with her wonderful husband, Zandy, daughter Sequoia and their three dogs.
“Since being here, I’ve been eager to dive even deeper into my stained glass journey as an artist and teacher. My workshops have been so well received by the locals and tourists alike, and my new series “portals” is a real expression of growth and evolvement as an artist. There’s just a whole new world here in The Berkshires of inspiration, opportunity and artist community. I’m excited and ready to experience it all!”
Chevonne is now adding the title podcast host to her glass journey with her much anticipated show “Cracked with Chevonne Ariss” premiering September 2021.
Materials used for all work are glass, stone, zinc, lead & copper.