Joanne Parah Reiter is a Swanton resident and has Associate
degrees in Liberal Arts, and Business from Community College of Vermont,
and received her Baccalaureate degree in Integrated Studies in Management from
Champlain College. Her mediums of choice are glass mosaics with the use of
beads, and sometimes up-cycled materials.
She is inspired by the various shards of colored and textured
glass combined with the nearly endless creative possibilities. It is like
making a puzzle by scratch.
“When I work on a piece, it’s easy to forget about everything
else and just be in the moment watching the piece take shape. I get inspired
when I see richly colored glass, especially textures, sometimes I look at
second-hand items as blank canvas’s just waiting for new life, such as old
photo frames, mirrors for glass on glass designs or a piece of furniture. Even
an old board can become a substrate for a piece of glass art”
She also enjoys working in mixed mediums, sculpture and
recently began painting in watercolor.
Jo has attended in-person and online workshops for mosaic and