Featured Local: Joseph Pena

Samantha Chamberlain

What would you say you do, creatively speaking?

Create affordable glass art.


When and how did you start?

I started in late 2018, and got influenced by a friend of mine who was making glass art.


Who all has supported you?

I get a lot of my support from my family, friends, and local community.


Who or what has inspired or influenced you?

Everything around me that I see on a daily basis influences me, and so does having support from others.


What has been your favorite part on this journey?

Meeting all the different people who both make art and support artists in the community.


What has been the most challenging part?

The most challenging part so far is finding motivation and building a market for glass art.


Have you ever wanted to give up?

There has been times when I would feel myself struggling to find my creativity, but then I would remember to breathe and remember that my brain is the source of creativity.


What keeps you motivated to continue?

My family, friends, and community keep me motivated to always try better and do more.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to begin selling their work or putting themselves out there?

I would say, DO IT!! It doesn’t matter what art you create or what you’re selling, go put yourself out there. And always be proud of what you do and stand by it.


Has anything pleasantly surprised you? What?

The amount of local support and the help with the community has really surprised me over the years.


Is there anything you wish you would have known when you first started?

I wish I would’ve started sooner! Glass art is amazing.


What is your definition of success?

My definition of success would be doing something you love to the point where you don’t feel like you’re working and it can help you and your family finances successfully.


What are your dreams?

To open a glass studio and teach people from all over and all ages the amazing world of glass art!

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