Shayna Leib

Sep 30, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

The Wind & Water Series

Two of the most powerful elements on our planet are nearly indiscernible to the human eye, yet we are innately aware of their presence, their capacity to soothe and destroy, and their ability to weave patterns where they touch.

Wind and water possess no intrinsic color, are clear to the point of invisibility, and yet move through space. We see not their form itself, but can detect their patterns and shapes only vicariously though the objects they effect. The trace of water’s touch over moss and sea life, the wind’s passage over marshlands, through wheat fields and the fur of a long-haired animal- these two forces make their presence known. Their character is contradictory and fickle, encompassing fragility and violence, placidity and turbulence. They leave their mark upon us and our external world. The Wind & Water series was created to explore their influence through sculptural glass landscape.


When Shayna was seven years old, she saw glassblowing for the first time at a local university. She hasn’t been the same since. Shayna began her study of glass as an undergraduate at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA where she received a BA in philosophy and minors in glass and literature. Accepted to pursue PHD work in philosophy in New York, Shayna chose instead to study glass and moved to Madison, Wisconsin where she completed her MFA degree in May of 2003.

Shayna uses glass, not for its mimetic quality to capture the look of stone or plastic, but for its most unique properties: the ability to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its inherent manipulation of optics.

She grew up on the Central Coast of California and always felt a pull to the ocean. Four years ago Shayna conquered her fear of the deep blue and became a diver and underwater photographer. Sjesoon developed a passion for deep diving and night diving. The ocean has always been a source of inspiration and mystery to Shayna, and it is a lifelong goal of hers to dive all of the earth’s seas.

Autumnal 2011, Coastal Zone

About the Editors

Casey R. Schulke grew up along the Kuskokwim River in a rural Athabascan village in Alaska fishing for king salmon and mushing her sled dog team. She now resides on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. Casey's a poet, a naturalist, a dog-lover, has two birds, and is married to a wonderful man.
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