Tell us about yourself!
Richard Parrish, Bozeman, Montana. I studied art and architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the University of Idaho, receiving degrees in Architecture from both. For many years I was in architectural practice and taught architecture at universities. I took a glass fusing workshop while living in Anchorage, Alaska in the 1980s and was hooked. It became a hobby that took over my life; I have had a practice based on making and teaching kilnformed glass for 15 years.
What draws you to the material you work with?
I could cite the qualities of glass that appeal to many of us (light, color, transparency/opacity, etc.) but I'm really drawn to the mysteries of glass. I've worked with it long enough to have a relationship with the material that allows me to investigate my ideas.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I'm particularly fascinated by the landscape of the American Intermountain West - vastness, solitude, forms, history, and the collision between the natural and the human-made.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Archeologist or geologist!
Why are you a member of GAS?
A strong professional organization is critical for the support and growth, and sharing of knowledge, of any profession, particularly in the arts.
Visit Richard Parrish's GAS member profile here.