Blown glass is pure color and form, sensuous and graceful,
the solid memory of a liquid birth. It is infinitely variable,
changing with every nuance of light. It is my passion.
My recent work
explores the interplay of pattern and color with light and
contour in large blown vessels. To create one, I pre-shape
it at the bench, then heat the whole mass in the glory hole.
When the mass begins to move freely, I quickly remove it and
go up on an elevated platform where I swing it like giant
pendulum, using gravity to pull the form out, blowing, heating,
and cooling different area simultaneously. After two minutes
of intense concentration, hundreds of small decisions and
reactions, and constant motion, the vessel is formed.
glass demands skill, patience, diligence, and openness. The
reward is achieveing a harmony between vision and execution.
On a good day, that confluence can be so powerful it's like
a brief glimpse of the divine, and it's those moment that
drive and sustain me.