I find glass as seductive as it is challenging. As a particularly unforgiving medium, an artist has endless creative opportunities to design for its unique properties—the only limitations are their imagination and skill in working with the material. I’ve always been captivated by how one can use this enigmatic material to achieve virtually any form, hold elements in suspension, and achieve great detail or soft abstraction. Its flexibility as a medium is matched by the difficulty it presents in using it to execute precise work. My current work is an intensive exploration of patterns, colors and transparency created through multi-layered cane and murrine (colored rods and patterned cross-sections of glass). While varied in composition and design, I most often create work within a series of graceful forms that I consider three dimensional canvases. The diversity in my compositions reflects my desire to constantly experiment and explore a variety of ideas simultaneously. Some themes in my work include windows into or through a piece, things hidden & revealed and extreme detail. Colors in contrasting and/or complimentary tertiary tones woven into complex patterns challenge expectations of the amount of detail glass can carry and its place in the art world. My influences include textiles, ethnically distinct colors and shapes as well as the marine environment.
Creating my work begins with meticulous planning and designing of colors and patterns. After I pull the cane and murrine, I carefully compose these elements to design the final work, all days prior to blowing it. I enjoy this process of thoughtful creativity and the contrasting intensity of executing work in the hotshop, where the limited window to shape molten glass requires precision and urgency. The dual challenge of designing and executing complex work satisfies both the artist and the craftsman in me and I continually find it exciting to create a piece I’ve poured days over, watching it come to life in the fire.
Recovery is a long road and I haven’t been totally alone in my travels. Forunately, I have had some friends and family stick with me through the tough times last year. This year was all about regaining my footing and beginning new things. As well as wrapping up some older things.
The start of 2014 was quite blessed for me. My first jump back into the “real wold” - so to speak - landed me with a significant other. He and I went through some motions together and it broke apart a few months later. All the while I was exploring new and old dimensions of life and relationships. There was much he taught me and much he refreshed my memory of. I will always be grateful for his presence and the love that he shared with me.
One thing that would have helped all the while.. would have been having a job. Last year I had lost mine, due to unforseen circumstances. Shortly after my ex and I split, I was hired on with an awesome company. My time with them has been marvelous so far and I have even become newly appointed Event Coordinator. This environment is one that I am actually flourishing in and I’m so happy for that.
New friends and love interests have been stumbled upon, all in random places. There are still some things that I have to figure out for myself in order to get a better handle on the direction that I am taking, but it is all coming together.
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Camping near Hot Sulphur Springs in Arapahoe National Forest, CO.