Carmen Salazar

Carmen Salazar

While her husband has binged on glass with a singular focus, Carmen has sipped from many ponds. Sculptor, metalworker, architect, botanist, and scavenger. She is a curious hybrid of urban and rural and brings the influence of many streams to her work in the glass shop. She is a recipe that calls for equal parts concrete and pasture, glass and steel and rough-hewn beams. Carmen grew up shuttling between Washington DC and the family farm in Augusta, West Virginia. In college, she began to cultivate a love for metal, glass, and the vegetal world. Carmen left the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in sculpture and art history, but also a peripatetic interest in reshaping the larger natural world.  After school she drove to San Francisco where she spent two years working for a land artist, metal sculptors, horticulturalists, and glass blowers. Then in 1999 she moved to Orange County to help Caleb build his first shop.

In 2001 the intersection of her diverse interests led her to the Southern California Institute of Architecture. After receiving her masters in architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, Carmen worked in the high end residential realm and then on the design team for a large scale public park on a defunct military base. She officially rejoined Caleb in 2008 to launch their first lighting lines.  With her skills in architecture, interior and landscape design, the pair are now executing large scale custom projects and installations while maintaining the studio‚Äôs carefully cultivated quality and visual signature.

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