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A portrait of a creative space: Carlos Zervigon

Carlos Zervigon’s studio was originally a bakery. In the 1970’s, renowned New Orleans sculptor, Arthur Silverman took over the space. When Arthur retired, Carlos moved in.

The studio consists of one large open space. It has high ceilings, a scored concrete floor and plenty of natural light. The entire room is painted gallery white, and there are tools everywhere. Saws, files, sandblasters, drills, grinders, chisels, clamps and plyers are used to cut, shape, polish and distress glass. The results are beautiful sculptures of every imaginable shape, size, color and configuration.

“The only thing I don’t do here,” said Carlos, “is blow glass. I use an offsite hot shop for that.” As a result, the old bakery is relatively cool.

Carlos rents out the rest of the building to other artists. There’s Frances Rodriguez (see upcoming collage), Richard Sexton, and Olivia Pritchard. There’s also Cleaver & Co., a gourmet butcher shop.

According to Carlos, “As a community of artists, we try to keep the building’s creative mojo gong!” They’ve definitely succeeded!



Carlos is represented by Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass of Dallas and Art Source LA of Los Angeles. To learn more about the artist, go to www.carloszervigon.com. Studio visits are welcome by appointment.

Folwell Dunbar is a New Orleans educator, artist and survivor of many things, from roaches to German U-boats and heartbreak. He is putting together a collection of these short stories and survival tales called He Falls Well (his name is pronounced “fall well”). NolaVie is honored to preview some of those stories here. Email him at fldunbar@me.com.