Tell us about yourself!
My name is Skyler Blood-Raiter. I grew up playing in the forests of the Gila Wilderness in southwest New Mexico. I first became captivated by glass when I was 14, and I have been working with glass full time since 2017 in both the hotshop and flameshop. I moved to the Colorado Plateau for college, before I had the epiphany that I needed to focus on every avenue to pursue glass artwork full time.
I have learned hotshop techniques at The Sonoran Glass School in Tucson, AZ. I have taken flameworking classes with Wesley Fleming, Bandhu Dunham, Elaine Forbes, and Freddy Faerron. Summer 2107 at Pilchuck, I studied with Matt Eskuche and Jason Christian, summer 2018 I studied with John Miller.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
The first time I saw someone working with glass I was convinced that he was a wizard. I was 6 at the time, but the medium is still pretty magical. A substance that can go from solid to liquid and back to solid all in a matter of seconds is such an immediate and satisfying medium to work with. The possibilities for creativity are overwhelmingly limitless.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My artwork consists primarily of glass writing pens, vessels, jewelry, and some models/sculptures. I like making pieces you can interact with and actually use. I feel driven to try create objects that are inherently appealing to the human eye. The process of overcoming challenges intrinsic in glass work is a big part of the attraction for me. Technique and precision has been my main focus for quite some time and is an art in itself, but I am currently working towards a more conceptual body of work.
What is your dream project?
An installation piece in any place that needs no introduction but is simply there to appreciate or think about if you choose.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Starting when I was 3 or 4 years old I began to study bugs. I never wanted to be an artist. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer, “An entomologist.” I was still going to college for biology before I took up glass full-time.
To learn more about Skyler, go to his GAS MEMBER PAGE or check out his instagram page at @firespiderglass