Natalie Ventimiglia-Martin


Her Gift:  Divinely Guided Glass

I grew up in Michigan where I was mostly interested in science. I went to Michigan State University to study Biochemistry. I graduated, but half way through I knew it wasn’t my calling. As I look back I see moments where art was extremely important to me but I had no idea I could pursue it as a career until many years later.  I was 10 yrs. into a successful run in telecom sales when I switched it up and enrolled in art school and private instruction in forming glass. The year I had my first child I also built my glass studio.  As my children grew so did my art career.  We are figuring out our worlds simultaneously. That was 11 years ago and every day is better and better.


Q: Describe your work in three words.

Divinely Guided Glass

Q: What gets you excited to wake up each day?

I always joke that Monday is my favorite day. I have 5 days in the studio ahead of me. The domestic part of my life is much more difficult to balance.

And when all else fails, there’s always hot yoga.

Q: How do you stay inspired?

I don’t have a problem with inspiration. My eyes are open and so is the path. I am ready to change focus based on what has been shown to me that day. I am constantly thinking, “How can I translate this into glass?” The struggle is to find the time to make all the work I have in my sketchbook.

Q:  What has been the most challenging aspect of your work and how do approach it?

I have always loved working with glass,  but like so many artists; I had doubts about my abilities, success, etc. Early in my career I took advice from a gallery owner, and began making work I thought people would want to buy.  I was good at playing that game and was selling a good amount of work.

Overtime, that kind of "art-making" began to feel more and more forced. I grew tired of the intense pressure I put on myself to be successful in a way that was not aligned with the growth I was experiencing in other areas of my life. I finally let go of control. I began making work I just had to make. I made work I could get lost in, work that clearly connected with my own experiences. 

The progression was - A Steve Martin quote: “earn while you learn”. In the beginning that’s what I was trying to accomplish. I was doing what I did best, what I knew well. As I grew more and more into myself as an artist I began to trust my abilities to manipulate glass, I was making NEW work. I started making work about a potential of life; what it could be.  

Once I let myself make this “new” work I began to see an appreciation for the art I was making since the beginning. I began to see that with intention every style I had ever created has a place in my studio and in my heart.

I realized I had a gift of helping people through my vision, through making art. This was something I was doing all along. Even when I was making work I forced myself to make. The passion was always there. 

Basically, I woke up, and started getting down to the essence of myself in order to help people connect to what they desire. It was like magic, literally magic. The work started to come alive and it brought the spaces it inhabited with it. I was given a gift in order to be able to create works that while still being a part of me, I could offer them to someone else as well.

Q: What is the highest potential of your work and how do you see it contributing to the world?

When I was in high school I met an American Indian bead artist who taught me how to channel energy into art. I understood in one moment the power art can have. Now, I create talismans in the form of glass sculptures and wall hangings. They carry the desired energy and that translates to the space. When people walk in the room, I want it to feel good, that is my intention for every project. I can't think of anything more important than spreading this high vibrational energy out to the world and people really feeling it.

Q: How does consciousness play a role in your business?

I am very aware that we are all connected to each other and this world. I believe I have a responsibility to lift people up and make this place a little better than when we came into it. I am so grateful I am able to practice that while doing something I absolutely love.

Q:  If you could offer advice to yourself one year ago regarding your entrepreneurial journey, what would it be?

You are enough. You’re so close to realizing you were born enough. You create your world.  Make it great!

Q: Are you seeking collaboration right now?

Always! Some of my most unexpected work has come from commissions, which to me, is a form of collaboration. When I successfully merge what a client is trying to feel into my work, there is nothing more rewarding. There is so much to learn if you open up your heart to another.

Q: What’s coming up for you?

I’ve only just begun.

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My eyes are open and so is the path.
— Natalie Ventimiglia-Martin

Instagram: @bleedscolorforyou


Her Gift: Divinely Guided Glass

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