Photo: Handmade, kiln-cast lead crystal, 16.5 x 9 x 9 in.
Tell us about yourself!
I have a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, which led me to sculpture. After four semesters working towards an MFA, I dropped out and began work on my own with mixed media sculpture using metal, concrete, fiberglass, wood, and whatever else I could get my hands on. Then, in 2000, I “found” glass.
Why do you work with glass as a medium?
It looks “cool” when it’s hot, and “hot” when it’s cold. It’s a material that forces the two sides of my brain to work together, requiring a balance of opposing strengths: artist vs engineer; physicist vs craftsperson.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My work is social commentary. For example, my knitted glass, in this time of global warming, shows my obsession with our need to make connections and to work together to solve big problems
What is your dream project?
A landscape of “folly”, composed of glass structures, is up there on my list. My inspiration for scale and delight (although not subject matter) is The Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle. http://ilgiardinodeitarocchi.it/en/
Why are you a member of GAS?
Because we need each other; which is to say, it’s critical to make connections with people working in my field and to be aware of technological advances in the field of glass. And despite the internet and all our social media, the best way to make these connections is in person.
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