Perla Segovia was born in Lima, Peru. During her early childhood she lived throughout Peru, from the big city, to the mountainous rainforest, to the desertous coast. At the age of 10, she moved to the US with her family and lived in rural North Carolina. Perla's travels did not end in the US, after graduating from North Carolina State University she took a position as a handbag and shoe designer in Peru. Here is where she immersed herself back in her native culture, and got introduced to fused glass techniques. After a few years of living in Peru, Perla moved to Italy, traveled around Europe and earned a fashion design degree. Perla has also lived in Puerto Rico, Utah, Missouri and currently resides in Arizona with her husband and their two children. Perla's love for travel has played a definite role in her artistic development. Her work is often influenced by colors found in nature and by the diverse landscapes she recalls from her travels. However, her primary influence is the people that live in these places. She is fascinated by human nature, culture and life experiences.
Perla's professional training is in textile design, she holds a Bachelors of Science in Textile Technology from North Carolina State University. She also holds a Modellista certificate from Istituto Callegari in Italy. Furthermore, she has extensively trained in the glass arts and it is in this wonderfully manipulative medium where she incorporates her knowledge of weaving and pattern making. Specializing in kiln-formed glass, woven glass, glass casting, and mosaics, Perla designs and produces art work such as wall sculptures, vessels and art glass jewelry lines.
Perla is passionate about creating community through the arts and is a true believer that continuing education is the key to success. It is for this reason she thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge with others and is always willing to evolve her practice. She has taught glass mosaics at the Continued Education Department at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington NC. She has also taught kilnformed glass a the Leland Cultural Arts center in Leland, NC. Likewise, she has emerged herself in various glass art techniques taught across the USA. Perla’s work has been exhibited into the 2014 North Carolina Artists Exhibition. Other achievements include being a Belk Southern Designer Showcase Finalist for 2013, the winner of The Textile Museum Green Art Contest for May 2011, and the winner for Ed Hoy's Hot Jewelry Artist Challenge for 2011. Her work was juried in the book "Addicted to Glass", edited by Kathy L. Augustine. She has also been featured in Ed Hoy's International Quarterly, "Educate Lead Inspire"- Summer 2011. Perla is a grant recipient for the 2014/2015 Regional Artist Project Grant sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington and NHC. Her work can be found at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington NC, fine galleries and juried exhibitions across the states. Presently, Perla is enrolled at the University of Arizona seeking her Masters of Fine Arts.