I’ve been an artist as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, getting the “good” crayons with sharp points and interesting colors was critical. I thought art period was better than recess. Didn’t everyone?

I’m formally educated in graphic design and advertising. The first part of my career was spent as an art director and associate creative director working in advertising agencies and design firms. I have my own business now, Cynthia McEwen Design, in Chicago. It encompasses all aspects of my art.

In the summer of 2000, I took a week-long lampwork beadmaking class at Oxbow, the summer arts program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. So it began...

My favorite art medium has always been paint, acrylics mostly. I discovered that working with molten glass is a lot like painting. When the glass is fluid, it moves like paint. It can be stroked, swirled, dotted or dipped and combined with other media as well. The results are more unexpected because you don’t see the colors as they appear when cooled and many chemical reactions can occur, but that’s part of the fun.

I work mostly with soft glass on a Nortel Minor torch and oxygen generator. Since starting beadmaking, I’ve taken workshops with many top glass artists and jewelry makers. The sharing of their knowledge and experience has taught me invaluable techniques that would have me taken years to acquire on my own. For that, I thank them.

I live and work in our loft studio with my husband Gary Adcock, digerati extraordinaire, and several fish. Gary actually got me interested in glass when he started glassblowing. He makes very beautiful glass vases, bowls, ornaments and platters. I hope some day he’ll share them with you too.


just call me cindy

my story