St. Mary's alumna and fine artist Cindy Coldiron's first book, Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass, was released by Schiffer Books in 2011. Coldiron's second book of three, titled Flowers in Art, is now available from the same publisher. It was published on January 28, 2013.
Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists explores the 2- and 3-dimensional works of more than 50 artists, in media as diverse as glass, collage, watercolor, ceramic, realistic botanical illustrations and pop art pieces. The 128-page hardcover book contains a total of 285 color illustrations and is available for $29.99 from the publisher.
One reviewer on Amazon.com said about the book:
“The book is beautifully done. I enjoyed reading the artists' descriptions of their works. I also enjoyed that the author included details such as listing the artists' websites so that I can further investigate my favorites. Be sure not to skip over the lovely selection of flower quotations right before the index.”
Coldiron's appreciation for the flower stems (no pun intended) from her love of gardening. According to her publisher, Coldiron has been an avid gardener since the age of eight. Her private flower garden was featured in the Home section of the Washington Post in 2007. She has also enjoyed photographing flowers since she received her first Polaroid camera in the 1970s.
When she's not working on her own recycled glass art, gardening, or writing one of her books, Coldiron teaches a course called “Becoming a Professional Artist.” Visitors to the University of Kentucky's Art Museum can see Coldiron's kiln-cast recycled glass sculpture there.
Set to be released later in 2013, Coldiron's third book will be about wildlife art.
Although she currently resides in northern Virginia, Coldiron grew up in South Bend and graduated from Marian High School.
Links to Cindy's Work:
Cindy's books on GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5260771.Cindy_Ann_Coldiron
Artist website: http://artist-cindyann.tripod.com
Blog on recycled glass issues: http://myartgrant.blogspot.com