Glass Artist Tries to Keep Dying Craft Alive

Krista Woodward
Krista Woodward

HALEIWA (KHNL) -- It's a craft so rare, one artist says there was a movement in the 60's to revive it. That artist is in Hawaii, sharing her passion through a gallery, located in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore.

Tucked away in Haleiwa is an artist who has a creative flair for glass. Krista Woodward is a lamp worker, one of a few left who are trying to keep this lost art alive.

"The creative process is just, it makes me feel good," said Woodward. "I get my inspiration from nature, sea life, snorkeling and diving," she said.

"It's different, I've only seen this done once and that was in Italy" said one passerby.

It's different from glass-blowing, and a much older art.

"The origins of glass date back to Mesopotamia and 2600 B.C. and that was long before blown work was invented," said Woodward.

Using glass rods, some colored, Krista carefully melts, molds, and sculpts them to re-create an under water world.

"When I go over the reefs, each time I come back, I'm excited to try something new," she said.

Krista's gifted hands leave many mesmerized, including a mother of a 9-11 survivor who told Krista her daughter worked in the second tower. As she prepared to escape, of all the things she grabbed after a plane hit the first tower, was one of Krista's glass pieces.

"She actually happened to have one of my glass dolphin sculptures and I guess she grabbed that and went into the elevator," said Woodward.

Mastering this craft can be credited to her 16 years of experience. But in Krista's eyes, her creations are shaped not so much from skill, but more so from the heart.

"It comes from my soul, it comes from inside, it's the love of working with the glass and taking an idea or looking at a tropical fish and making it happen," she said.

And while she says this is a dying art, Krista hopes to leave people inspired through her glass masterpieces, in hopes of saving this fragile art.