Ubu Blue Force
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Tate Newfield, I started blowing glass at Punahou Academy in Hawaii, I'm currently a Technician Apprentice at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. I needed to graduate high school and my advisor told me I had to take an art class so I decided to take glassblowing and that’s how I got hooked!
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
What draws me to glass is the malleability of the surface, it feels like a 3D modeling program in real life. The process of combining multiple glass objects to create one seamless form has intrigued me as it pushes the scale and complexity of what a "blown" glass object can be. The cold assembly process allows me to go beyond the human capabilities within the hot shop.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
The themes I pursue are those of foundational communication. I look to build sculptures or models that confirm the viewer's imagination.
What is your dream project?
My dream project is to be given a large room to develop a glass sculpture that is one continuous seamless form that spreads from floor to ceiling and splits and rejoins in many locations.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of GAS because of how important this organization is to emerging glass artist. The Glass Art Society has provided me with guidance and networking from one-on-one critiques with professional artist and with inspiration from meeting other incredibly talented members.