Burlington City Arts

Kingsland Bay State Park

photo by Barry Solman

Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Kingsland Bay State Park sits on the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain. Visitors can enjoy the picnic areas and historic buildings of the park, or rent a canoe/kayak for an easy paddle around this protected bay.   Much of the 264 acres, along the shores of Lake Champlain, remains as a natural area. The historic Hawley House (1790) is part of the complex. This property dates back to the first settlers in Ferrisburgh and has been home to Ecole Champlain, an exclusive girls camp, until the late 1960's.


Residency Schedule

Alyssa Oxley has been sketching on site during June and early July and will be constructing her kiln formed glass panels in her studio in Vergennes.  Alyssa’s onsite schedule will be updated soon.

Artist in residence:  

Alyssa Oxley
Vergennes, VT

Alyssa Oxley has worked with kilnformed and cast glass for 15 years. She trained in Kremer Glass Studio in Pound Ridge, N.Y., and currently teaches kilnforming glass classes at South End Glass at Davis Studio in Burlington, Vt, as well as summer intensives at the Corning Museum of Glass Studio, Snow Farm Craft School and Oatka Glass School.
Oxley has worked in advertising, interior design, and graphic design; she has always maintained an active, independent art studio. Oxley is currently showing work at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pa., and last winter was included in the Shelburne Museum’s “Supercool Glass!” exhibit. A recent piece, “Highlands Harbours: A Scottish Memory Box,” was selected for inclusion in the Corning Museum of Glass’ New Glass Review 36.

Oxley’s works in glass are driven by her time spent outside, particularly along the Otter Creek or the school campus near her home in Vergennes. This summer, she will create a body of work influenced by a new landscape: Button Bay State Park and Kingsland Bay State Park, where she will be an Of Land and Local 2015 artist-in-residence from late June to mid July. Oxley will sketch regularly in the parks, then create glass sculptures in her home studio for display in the Of Land and Local exhibit in October.

Artist Statement: 

My work in kilnformed and cast glass is often a catalog of things I see out walking, mostly around my home in Vermont. Specific geography, evidence of life, growth and death in nature. Often juxtaposed with references to the built environment. It is documentation of what is going on in my life at that time, whatever works its way in to the work. Often, distant memory shows up. And if all is running smoothly, there is the possibility of the subconscious showing up.