Caryn Samuell has retired and Samuell Day Gallery is permanently closed. Samuell Day Gallery was founded by artist Caryn Samuell in 1994. Having worked in various techniques of glass for over 40 years, Caryn's working studio is the first thing you see when you enter the building. "I think it is important for people to see that there is a process to creating beautiful objects. From my messy studio, works of stunningly beautiful color are created and I know the same goes for most craft persons. Hands blackened from forging metal, mud and dust from making pottery, sweat and shards from blowing glass from these things come beauty to wear or to decorate one's home. There is a story behind every piece."
Caryn has always been very creative and, from her teens, explored mediums such as pottery, sculpture, and metals, but glass was where she found her niche. Family played a big part in Caryn’s creative development as well. “My dad, C. B. Samuell, is an amazing, very creative man,” she says, “Dad built almost everything we had, furniture, homes, even our toys. He taught me the importance of a good work ethic.” Caryn developed her skills through the years by working with many world renown glass artists and attended Dale Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School throughout the 1980’s.
After a promising career as an engineer in the semiconductor industry, she focused on glasswork as a profession. With two young sons to support, Caryn knew that by following her passion as a glass artist she would be able to make a living at home. “I like to say I was educated as an engineer, but was born an artist,” says Caryn, “It was important to me that I raise my sons myself. Leaving them in day care so I could work a 10 hour day in the semiconductor industry was not an option.”
In 1994 while visiting Cape Cod, Caryn drove by a home on historic Route 6A that included a two story barn. Over 30 fine craft artists and jewelers are currently represented at Samuell Day Gallery (which has been owned by Charles Corey since 2015) alongside Caryn’s own work which includes sculpture, blown glass and jewelry.