Janie Yakovlevitch was born in Los Angeles, California but has always been more engaged by nature than the bustling city. In 1991, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where life evolved toward a draw to nature and it's wonders, in addition to a strong attachment to hearth and home. Kayaking, hiking, raising chickens, and creating a naturalist backyard garden that boasts constant bird, bee and hopping wildlife have provided ongoing inspiration. Snorkeling and scuba diving in tropical waters lead to an appreciation of the endless colors and movement of ocean wildlife.
Janie’s work as an acute care nurse practitioner in vascular surgery gave her the opportunity to grow in her compassion for others. She learned to manage their wounds while giving them the healing distractions of conversation and laughter. She now operates a mobile foot care service to clients' homes in her community part time, and this holistic approach in her care of patients carries through all aspects of her life, including art.
Her experiences of nature, both above and below the sea, have informed Janie’s art. She strives to express the beauty of the natural world through glass art forms including fusing, mosaic, and flameworking. In addition to the soulful joy of translating a vision in her mind’s eye through fire and glass into a piece of art to behold, she has a deep desire to share that vision with others, and to shape spaces within the home that reflect personal comfort. Whether it be large scale indoor mosaic installations, outdoor garden art, or personal adornment, she believes that the exquisite colors and movement of the nature have a place to warm our home and adorn our bodies.
Janie first began her flameworking in 1997, creating and selling hand crafted jewelry, cabinet knobs, and wine bottle stoppers. In a seemingly random event, (a side project in 2011 to "make a little mosaic table)", the Universe lead her into the hands of Claire Barnett, owner of Seattle Mosaic Arts. It was here that the "quick project" lead to 2 new loves- mosaic and glass fusing. Now it has become the center of her personal work, aptly named “Glasspassions.” Her focus is bringing the influence of Nature into home decor and personal adornment, often combining the fusing or flameworking technique into the mosaics. She now teaches fusing classes and workshops at Seattle Mosaic Arts.
The elements Janie incorporates in her glass work are inspired by the patterns, shapes and colors she sees while scuba diving, and in flowers, rocks, plants, birds, and other wildlife she has encountered. Janie is also influenced by ethnic and tribal art interpretations of these natural phenomena. Janie is particularly drawn to the dynamic expressed by pieces that have delicate, subtle elements conjoined with bold expression. The infinite possibilities of glass present a world that invites constant exploration and change. Janie's art is currently focused on home decor, both indoor and out, in the form of large scale functional mosaics, wall art, and lighting. She continues to also create her smaller scale flameworked art for both home and personal adornment.
- Silk Screening, Immaculate Heart College, Los Anegles, CA, 1978
- Art History, San Diego State University, 1986
- Beginning Beadmaking, Elaine Alhadeff, Seattle, WA, 1998
· Flameworked Cane and Bead Making, Will Stokes, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA, 1999
- Beginning Beadmaking, Andrea Guarino, Port Townsend, WA, 2001
- Basic Drawing, Kirkland Art Center, WA, 2003
- Oil Painting, Kirkland Art Center, WA, 2003
- Life Drawing, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA, 2004
- Understanding Color, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA, 2004
· Intermediate Bead Making, Andrea Guarino and Michael Barley, Port Townsend, WA, 2005
- Window Beads, Cheryl Matsen, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA, 2007
- Organic Beads, Kimberly Affleck, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA, 2007
· Intro to Mosaic, Claire Barnett, Seattle Mosaic Arts, Seattle, WA 2011
· Andamento Mosaic, Jo Braun, Seattle Mosaic Arts, Seattle WA 2012
· Business of Mosaic, Laurel True, Institute of Mosaic Art, Berkeley, CA 2014
- Glass Jewelry Donations for Charity Fundraising
Prime Time Youth Camp, Yakima, WA, 2001 & 2002
St. Joseph’s Grade School Seattle, WA, 2002
- Beginning Beadmaking Class
Orion Center (An Open Forum for Displaced Youth), Seattle, WA, 2005
· Glass Jewelry Donations for Charity Fundraising
Seattle Hill Elementary, Seattle, Wa 2012, 2013
· Participation in Various Community and Private Projects, Seattle Mosaic Arts, Seattle, WA, 2011-present