Dana Zed

Tell us about yourself.

I encountered glass at RISD when I was a student at Brown. I majored in art (painting) and creative writing. After University, I moved to San Francisco and got a job at “Magic Glass” where I made six foot tall glass display cases complete with shelves, lights and locks. This small industrial setting is where I learned my cold skills.

I bought a tiny kiln to experiment with scrap plate glass aided by the beginning Bullseye books. I made glass sculpture (some of it life size) often incorporating found objects and usually with copper designs fused into my float glass panels.

This work found favor and was shown for a decade with Ruth Braunstein in San Francisco, and other galleries and museums. “California Wildflowers” is my permanent public commission for the San Francisco Public Library. The floral designs in float glass are applicable to architectural glass which I did in many homes across the nation, including two Maybeck houses and one Julia Morgan. I even got to grace both Sting and then Pink Flyod’s dressing rooms when they played Berkeley with my glass sculpture. I did theater sets with is as well, which sounds a little crazy I know, but there you have it.

While riding on the subway, I began to draw people digitally on my phone. This lead to a digital drawing residency at The de Young Museum. In the gallery 64 x 24’ gallery, I had 8 moving walls of double sided mirror; the idea being people could draw other people without the other people knowing. This was always the challenge on the subway.

Digital painting leads me back to traditional painting and drawing. Drawing gets me interested in etching. I have an extensive intaglio etching series of birds.I am a multi media artist and go between these media regularly. Different concepts are best addressed by different media.

What draws you to the material you work with?

What draws me to glass is it’s ability to address conceptual ideas. Philosophical ideas of existence itself are what interest me most in life and art. Glass, with it’s invisible strength and it’s ability to transmit and reflect light, offer a subtle entry into a magical world. I enjoy geomantically placing objects inside glass structures that I have made. There is often something from above meeting something from below. I think glass lends itself to discussing ideas sliding between the physical and non physical worlds.

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

Throughout my entire life I have been interested in how my sense of an absolute abstract source connects with my life in the continuum of time and space. The intersection between the ultimate and the relative realities produces a zone of uncertainty and potential. My art work is inspired by and investigates this zone.

What is your dream project?

My dream project is to do the windows in a spiritual center.

Why are you a member of GAS?

I am a member of GAS to be part of a community. To see the work and activity of others and to have them see mine. Also, no one parties better than an artists at a glass conference.

Learn More About This GAS Member: