Tell us about yourself!
I’m Mary Louise White, from Ontario Canada. I was introduced to fused glass while visiting my daughter in Tracy, California and that serendipitous beginning evolved, guiding me, in pursuit of ever more learning about this fascinating medium, to the Studio at Corning, North Lands Creative, and other far flung studios, and eventually to Australian National University to study kiln casting with Richard Whiteley.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the process that you use in your work?
What began as a fascination with the beauty of glass has become a commitment to learning about its specific qualities, and methods of working, that allow glass to speak profoundly as an artistic medium. As I engage with glass, and investigate its properties, and certainly its challenges, I am inspired by its possibilities, especially in sculptural forms through kiln forming, and especially cast glass, as the medium for my voice.
What themes do you explore in your work?
People and place, the human condition, observation of life around me, and internal conversations all inform my art, as do the practices of yoga and meditation. Two themes dominate my current practice: our relationships to one another, and our relationship to the planet, and I am currently exploring ways to examine and investigate, with equanimity and compassion, specific subjects under this broad umbrella.
What is your dream project?
I want to make work that brings light and awareness to ideas, attitudes and issues that matter to me, especially those of environmental and social realities in today’s world. Ideas about dream projects shift as concerns assert themselves, so that my dream is simply to keep caring and making.
Why are you a member of GAS.
For me, it is important to belong to a community of like-minded, or 'like-passioned’ people with whom to share. It is helpful and inspiring. I am grateful.
To learn more about Mary Louise White, or to see more of her work, visit her GAS Member Profile here.