Tell us about yourself!
I am an artist, designer, administrator, and educator with an avid love of frozen treats. I currently live in Norfolk VA, where I am the Program Assistant at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and a resident artist at Glass Wheel Studio. By a stroke of luck and being in the right place at the right time, I got started in glass at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in my hometown through their SiO2 High School program, and haven't looked back.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work
I think that I am drawn to glass because it is a playful material- it talks back to me in frustrating and delightful ways. Glass has also given me a general fascination for any other material that can melt or wiggle, which often drives the process that I choose for a particular project.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I am really intrigued by functionality and imagination/imaginary possibilities- I end up dancing around themes of luxury, desire, vacations, and play most often.
What is your dream project?
If I could build a life size city out of jello that would be a dream.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
When I was a kid I had some very specific dreams about what I would grown up to do- I am still hoping to be an olympic figure skater or swimmer (both preferably) and a costume designer.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I can do the worm. Also, I'm left handed.
Why are you a member of GAS?
The opportunity to work with and share in glass and art with a global community of artists and makers is truly an incredible thing. I think its important to support and participate in dialogue about our field in order to continue learning and evolving. The many people or conversations I've met or had as a result of GAS is invaluable. Thanks for working to maintain and support this community!
See more of Gayle's work here.