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British born artist and designer, Joanna Manousis lives and works in the United States, creating literary works in glass and mixed media that speak of human emotion, memory and the passage of time. Holding a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a First Class Honors Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from The University of Wolverhampton, England, Manousis has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Manousis earned a Bombay Sapphire Award nomination for 'Excellence in Glass' in 2008, the first 'Hans Godo Frabel Award' for 'Outstanding Achievement in Glass' in 2010, along with other numerous scholarships and awards for her individual approach in glass sculpture and installation. Manousis has created her work within residencies at The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Corning Glass Museum, NY, The Cité Internationale des Arts, France and currently works as a freelance glass artist in Columbus, Ohio. Her work can be seen in the permanent collections at Ebeltoft Glass Museet, Denmark and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia.

Artist-in-Residence: Joanna Manousis
Corning Museum of Glass
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My work captures and animates liminal moments, revealing a world in which objects, beings and places are interconnected. I re-appropriate material objects as a device to lure and engage a universal audience. Through spatial configuration, context and material I use the information connected with them as objects to spark an extended dialogue.
I predominantly use glass in my sculpture to induce reflection, both physically and metaphorically, in the viewer. It is the transparency of glass, a solid state of atmosphere that simultaneously reveals yet barricades, that I find most compelling. Through the intrinsic material properties and associations of glass I use the medium to create installations that speak of human emotion, cultural identity, and the passage of time.


The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award, London, UK
University of the Arts, Nominated for Inaugural Borowsky Awards, Philadelphia, PA
Best in Show, Indiana Glass Alliance, Kokomo University, IN
Emerging Artist Award, ‘Best of Ohio 2013’, Ohio Craft Museum, OH
University of the Arts, Nominated for Inaugural Borowsky Awards, Philadelphia, PA
Margaret M. Mead Award, Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Corning Museum of Glass, Study Scholarship, Gudenrath Class
Emerge, ‘Finalist’, Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR, USA
Hans Frabel Glass Awards, ‘Excellence and Innovation’, GA, USA
Bombay Sapphire Glass Awards, ‘Nominee’, Milan, Italy
Pearson’s Glass Award, ‘Emerging Artist’, Cardiff, Wales, UK
GAS, ‘International Student Award’, Pittsburgh, PA
Corning Glass Award Nomination, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA


2008 - 2010
New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, USA Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture / Dimensional Studies
2004 - 2007
Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, England Bachelor of Fine Arts in Glass – First Class Honors
2003 - 2004
Yale College, Wrexham, Wales Art/Design Foundation Diploma

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Available Work

Joanna Manousis, Figs and Urns
Figs and Urns
cast crystal / 24 carat gold mirror / aluminum
45 x 45 x 3.5
Joanna Manousis, Indra's Web
Indra's Web
cast crystal, mirror, stainless steel, aluminium
60 x 60 x 7
Joanna Manousis, Dominant Sophia
Dominant Sophia
Cast Crystal, Mirror, Stainless Steel
65 x 65 x 4
Joanna Manousis, Fertile Ground
Fertile Ground
taxidermy with Glass
85 x 20 x 20
Joanna Manousis, Distilled Portrait
Distilled Portrait
taxidermy with Glass
16 x 16 x 16