I work mainly in clear flameworked glass to explore the muddled world of interpersonal and metaphysical connection and it’s disease in modern society. I sometimes do this through the scratched lens of history and often with animal imagery. My practice is comprised of sculpture, installation and performance. Within these threads of practice, engagement and social inclusion are paramount.
Flameworking is oft associated with small-scale work. I use monumental scale and light to change one’s experience of space. Normally a solo pursuit, I have used hot shop team technique to increase size in my work, get others involved, and play with seeming limitations of the material.
In 2010 I founded a flameworking performance group called Torcher Chamber Arkestra. Comprised of an international team of flameworkers from neon, bead, and sculptural backgrounds, we use fire, glass, dance, music, and explosives to bring our technique to a wider audience in innovative, exciting performances involving the audience in new methods of engagement.
I undertake commissions for sculpture, installation and performance. Recent exhibitions include 50 Years of Studio Glass at the European Museum for Modern Glass in Coburg, Germany, a solo exhibition at Chichester Cathedral (for which my crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo was chosen as the number one campaign in the art category for 2011), and the British Glass Biennale 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2006.
Currently I am resident in the Glass Department in the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. I am collaborating with musicians at Eastman School of Music and Electrical Engineering professors and students at RIT.