Tell us about yourself!
I began my studies in the physical sciences and discovered the remarkable material of glass at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2007. After spending two years working for Sam Stang, I lived and worked in New Zealand for a year. I am currently in my final year of MFA research at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
What draws you to the material you work with?
I am drawn to the intimacy required to work the material. Like in meditation, the single minded focus I sometimes achieved while blowing glass provides a sort of high for me which, inspires further creativity. The material itself has such an infinite amount of possibilities, I feel like we’ve only scratched the surface of what it can do.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I like to create work that evokes a sense of wonder, of play and beauty. I also enjoy exploring themes of perception, self-concept and examining the ideologies of culture.
What is your dream project?
If we’re talking glass, I want to create a Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor like panel. Comprised of thousands of cut and polished glass canes and rods that would act like an interactive kaleidoscope as you moved around it.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
If I were not creating in the artistic sense, I would have liked to work as a mechanical engineer. I’ve always been interested in how things work.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of GAS because of the amazing community of artists, craftsman, educators and enthusiasts who love to share their passion for glass. It is the work of this community we have to thank for the opportunities we have to work with glass at all.
Visit Dylan Martinez's GAS member profile here.