GAS Member Monday

Jonathan Michael Davis

MEMBER MONDAY Jonathan Michael Davis, DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Jonathan Michael Davis, I started working with glass in 2001 through an apprenticeship in Durham, North Carolina. My current work is primarily sculpture and lighting for installation and commission.

What draws you to work with the materials you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work? 

I’m drawn to glass and metal by the complex processes used to sculpt materials that shift between fluid and solid states.  I use a number of staining and texturing applications in my work which allows me to apply color on large and complex shapes in ways where the use of traditional glass color would be technically prohibitive. 

What themes do you pursue in your work? 
The themes in my work invoke familiarity with aquatic life, molecular movement, aspiring flowers, and extraterrestrial viruses. The modular nature of my work and use of interchangeable shapes allows for creative spontaneity and flexibility during assembly.

What is your dream project?
My dream project is an expansion of the work I am currently doing. Large-scale interactive and responsive installation work that integrates sound and light using proximity sensors that detect the audiences
movement.

Pic 1 "Dialtheism"  72"x24"x10"  Photo by Morgan Collini
Pic 2 "Honey Drips"  10'x8'  Collaboration with Matt Mcconnell
Pic 3 "Seussian Succulent"  36" Diameter  Photo by Morgan Collini
Pic 4 "Actual Proof" 36" Diameter  Photo by Morgan Collini

For more information about Jonathan Davis, go to his GAS Member Profile Page

Personal website "jonathanmichaeldavis.com
Instagram @jonathan_michael_davis  


Donald Friedlich

MEMBER MONDAY Donald Friedlich, MADISON, WISCONSIN

Tell us about yourself! I received my BFA from RISD in 1982 in jewelry and metalsmithing but for the last 20 years, glass and gold have been my primary materials. My glass training has primarily been at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass where I take classes and also teach in the cold shop. I currently work in Madison, WI.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work? I work with an unusually broad range of processes including casting, fusing, coldworking blowing and more. Whatever best suits the idea and form I want. I'm drawn to the expressive range of glass in terms of form, transparency, optical qualities, texture and more.

What themes do you pursue in your work? For many years, I’ve sought to identify qualities that are unique to jewelry as a medium. One I’ve focused on is that jewelry is viewed in motion.  Some of my current Lumina Series Brooches exploit this movement in such a manner that the brooches appear to dramatically in shift color when viewed at different angles. 

What is your dream project? A solo show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London would be a dream project.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose? I could see being in industrial design. 

What's something about you that most people don't know? As a child, I had no interest in art what so ever. It wasn't until my early 20's when I started making jewelry that I discovered a creative side that was completely dormant.

Why are you a member of GAS? I value the community of artists that GAS represents.

To learn more about Don Friedlich, visit his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE. 

Personal website:  DonaldFriedlich.com 

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbW0rjLi-jY

 


Anna Eggert

MEMBER MONDAY: Anna Eggert, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN 

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Anna Eggert. I am a Swedish artist living and working in Gothenburg. I have a Masters degree in Textile Art and started my career working with screen-printing and textile sculpture. In 1999 I had the opportunity to learn screen printing and painting on glass and was completely absorbed by this new medium. Since then I have been working with glass. I have done several public commissions. Screen-printing, painting and kiln casting are my main techniques. At the moment I am focused on kiln casting float glass. 

What draws you to the material?

I am drawn towards glass transparency and the way it catches light. I also love its double nature - it´s fragile but also hard. Although its contrasts and resistance are challenging and it is not easy to tame,  I am all the time testing and experimenting to see where its boundaries are, how far I can go.

I also like to combine it with other materials like metal (mostly iron) and concrete because the qualities of the glass become even more visible.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

I seek a poetic entrance to tell the story about the miracle of life. Small forms of life in water and on land have been a focus and interest for me for a long time. There is an incredible world of forms. All these organisms are so fascinating: small and fragile, yet strong and vigorous. They epitomize the fragility and strength of life. My aim is not to depict but to create an interpretation or a reflection.

What is your dream project?

To receive the opportunity and economic support to make a public commission or exhibition in a space that affords me the opportunity to think big.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?

I might be a marine biologist

Why are you a member of GAS?

I like the idea of being a part of an international community and hope to develop my international contacts. I joined to be able to participate in the fantastic Murano Conference and hope to be able to attend future conferences.

To learn more about Anna Eggert, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE 

Instagram:     @bluesjellyfish      

Website: www.annaeggert.se 

 


 

MEMBER MONDAY: Neil Edwards, BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM

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MEMBER MONDAY: Neil Edwards, Bristol, UK

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Neil Edwards from Bristol in the UK. I started making glass after university when I got a job in a glass production studio in my hometown, I kind of fell into it really. After living in Taiwan for 3 years I have recently finished a Masters degree in Glass back in the UK. 

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

I’m drawn to hot glass as a medium for its physical properties when working with it. Every movement you make when making is recorded by the glass. It is both fluid and brittle, which is so interesting, and of course the way glass reflects, refracts, diffuses light is mesmerizing. 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

In my work I explore different ways of applying a pattern to glass, on the surface and inside the glass object itself, using an array of different techniques on blown and sculpted forms. 

What is your dream project?

My dream project would be to simply work on interesting jobs with committed and enthusiastic people. Preferably with a decent supply of beer. 

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?

If I wasn’t working in this field, I’m really not sure what I would be doing. It would certainly be in a creative industry though.  

Why are you a member of GAS?

I am a member of GAS as I feel that it is important to be an active member of the glass community in order to support it, and also to connect with other artists the world over and be able to see what they are doing.

To learn more about Neil Edwards and his work, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.

You can also follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/eduardos202/

 


 

Meredith Edmondson

MEMBER MONDAY: Meredith Edmondson, NASHVILLE, TENNESSESS

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Meredith Edmondson and I am a glass artist living and working in Nashville, TN.  I started working with glass in 2004 when I took a glass bead making class at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, where I went on to receive my BFA in 2009. I spent all of my free time watching people in the hot shop and I fell in love with the material and was fascinated with all of the different possibilities and ways of working with glass, as well as the teamwork and collaborative aspect. With Nashville being a bit of a glass desert, I am pushing myself to find new and creative ways to work within my community, from casting 3-D printed objects, to teaching basic fusing classes, to continuing to run a custom blown glass business by utilizing people in surrounding areas to make the work I design.  

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

Material transparency, fluidity, and collaboration have always been what has drawn me to glass.  For the past 2 years, I have been focusing on developing my color palette and selecting objects for the kiln cast work I am currently making, and have fallen in love with the lost wax casting process.  I am not always a precise person, and the precision necessary to work in this way is a fantastic challenge for me.  

What's something about you that most people don't know?

I was a synchronized swimmer in middle and high school.

Why are you a member of GAS

I am a member of the Glass Art Society mostly for the connection to the national and international community.  I love the weekly emails with introductions to new artists, the information about gallery shows and calls for art, and general updates about what is going on in our glass world. And the conferences are always fantastic! 

To learn more about Meredith Edmondson, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE, or her personal website at http://www.meredithedmondson.com/ 

 


 Peter Bremers

MEMBER MONDAY: Peter Bremers, The NETHERLANDS

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Peter Bremers. I was born, live and work in the Netherlands. As an artist I started my career making light sculptures, combining many materials including marble, acrylics, metal, and rubber. I still consider my work to be very much about light, in its material as well as spiritual meaning.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

Glass became my favorite medium once I realized its many possibilities in using different techniques. It allows me to work transparent, translucent, emotional, conceptual and mystical. Glass is uniquely 4-dimensional as 'front' and 'back' of a sculpture can be seen at once, simultaneous. It also allows seeing inside the matter which is between the inner and outer 'shell' of a form.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My inspiration comes from many sources: nature, traveling, philosophical and spiritual concepts as well as the interaction between material, form, and light. Recently I investigate the way we perceive all individually different while looking at the same. Who we are, by what we have been formed and what our belief system is, creates our specific perception of 'reality'. A deeper understanding and accepting of this phenomena can help us to be tolerant, empathetic and

What is your dream project?

My dream project is always what I am working on next. After 40 years of being a sculptor, I enjoy each new development in my work realizing that I barely scratched the surface of the ocean of ideas I have access to. As an artist and human being, I am always looking for growth and new (ad)ventures! It`s one of the reasons why I love commissions, as they push you to think 'out of the box'.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?

No idea! Something creative for sure.

What's something about you that most people don't know?

I studied Psychosynthesis. 

Why are you a member of GAS?

The GAS community is supportive of the individual as well as the glass art movement. The annual conference is a chance to meet colleagues, learn and share knowledge and ideas and... to hang out with friends.

To learn more about Peter Bremers, visit his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Personal website: www.peterbremers.com

FB: Peter Bremers + Peter Bremers Glass Art

instagram: peter_bremers_glass_art

twitter: @peter_bremers 

Videos: https://vimeo.com/101007090

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Images:

Bremers Peter AURA 2009, dim. 123x46.5x11.8 inch, 309x117x29 cm.

Bremers Peter, LYRICAL 2017, dim.137x42x28 inch, 348x107x72cm.

Peter Bremers, Inverted Space 2017, dim.16.6x19.8x13 inch, 42x49x33cm.

Peter Bremers, 7 Bodies Installation 2017, Fort Wayne Museum of Art 


 

Courtney DoddMEMBER MONDAY Courtney Dodd, BAKERSVILLE, NC

Blown Glass/Photography

Tell us about yourself!

Originally, I went to school for graphic design and illustration. I became interested in glass and in 2006 became a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft which changed the entire course of my path allowing me time to learn how to blow glass. I then worked with Devin Burgess, a resident at Penland who took a lot of time and patience building my hand skills and making me a better glassblower.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

Glass is difficult, it is a pursuit. There is little instant gratification. The success is long-term and well deserved once reached.

Glass can also become anything and has the ability to morph taking on "properties" that aren't inherent. It is a chameleon material with the ability to mimic the world.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My work revolves around two themes: water and perception. Reflection is a visual occurrence and psychological activity. I think about the connection of these two realms and how they cross and separate weaving points back and forth over each other.

I also have a two production lines. Little Dipper Studio, my personal production line and Shaker & Salt, a collaborative line between Nick Fruin and I. In both these lines, it is my aspiration as a maker are to create technically proficient, well-designed, functional objects that people covet. I strongly believe that handmade objects have the ability to ground people and connect them to their community.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?

We all have a choice to change fields at any moment, I love what I do. I love a lot of other things as well, but I chose this career because I wanted to make with my hands rather than sit behind a computer. I believe in handmade things and the tradition of skillfully making things. 

Why are you a member of GAS?

It important for me to be connected to my community and see what other people are making and doing. GAS gives me an opportunity to connect with members that I may not have a chance to run in to and be exposed to new information.

To learn more about Courtney, visit her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Personal and professional websites: 

www.CourtneyDodd.com

Shaker & Salt -   www.ShakerandSalt.com

 

Instagram 

@courtneycam

@shakerandsalt


 

Sukayna El Hani

MEMBER MONDAY: Sukayna El Hani, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Sukayna El Hani and I am from Baltimore, Maryland.  I am a senior in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Craft and Material Studies program.  I discovered glass blowing during my second year in VCU’s arts program when I transitioned from painting to crafts as my major: once I blew my first bubble, I was hooked. This semester I’m serving as a TA for an intro to glass class for incoming craft students.  Beyond VCU, I sharpened my skills with murrine at Pittsburgh Glass Center and helped build a Venetian chandelier at Pilchuck Glass School, and I attended the 2018 Murano GAS Conference.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

Long before I discovered glass, I was inspired by the work of Caravaggio and his exploration of light and shadow, with figures emerging from the darkness.  The translucent qualities of glass enable me to explore how light can pass through and interplay with color, shadow, and reflection. I am also fascinated by molten glass, it’s glow and fluidity, and how it has a mind of its own and you have to perform a dance with it to shape it into the desired form.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My identity as a Moroccan American has been a recurring theme in my work.  I did not grow up in Morocco, and I have been trying to define myself and connect to my Moroccan heritage for the past few years.  I try to express these themes through the relationship between comfort and discomfort, comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable.  My work has included elements such as apple pie and Moorish designs, but also distorted Moroccan mirrors cast in the glass that grabbed at my hair.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?

If I were not an artist, I would probably pursue chemistry.  I am fascinated by how materials interact with each other.

What's something about you that most people don't know?

A huge turning point for me as a young artist was in 2014 when I saw the James Turrell retrospective at LACMA.  It was the first time I moved beyond paint on canvas and thought of how light interacted with three-dimensional objects.  I had never seen someone work with light as a material, and now it helps my understanding of light and glass, as the interplay of two materials.

Why are you a member of GAS?

I joined GAS to be part of the larger community of glass artists, to connect with more artists from around the world and be informed of what is going on in the glass world. Attending the GAS conference has helped meet new artists and make friends.

To learn more about Sukayna El Hani, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Instagram @hernameissukayna



 

Jacci Delaney

PHOTO: SAPPHIRE GLIMMER BUBBLE WRAP CUBE

MEMBER MONDAY: Jacci Delaney, COLUMBUS, OHIO

Tell us about yourself!

I'm Jacci Delaney and I live in Columbus, OH. I from a very small town in Illinois and so when I went to college I wanted to travel around the country and see everything. I ended up in Seattle, WA in 2002 and went into a glass gallery and I saw all of these beautiful colors and thought to myself "I want to suspend color in mid-air like that." That was the seed that sent me back to college to get a fine arts degree in glass and an art history degree.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

The light and transparency are what draws me to glass. I like making layers of imagery and using the light to make shadows and highlights. My two loves in glass are casting and glassblowing, I'll always love to do both of these because they are such different techniques for working with glass. My favorite tool in the hot shop is the ladle because I do hot casting. 

What themes do you pursue in your work? 

My themes are Bubble wrap because I like how it is so recognizable and its used to protect fragile objects. I use its organic formlessness to be the void in my cast glass cubes. It's interesting to see this hard bubble wrap interacting with the surface of this perfectly made cube.  

What is your dream project?

My dream is to make a glass bubble wrap wall that would be a room divider so people could see each other through bubble wrap and think about the fragility of the human body. 

What's something about you that most people don't know?

Most people don't know that I love teaching glass to kids because it is both art and science, and I like to tell them all about it. 

To learn more about Jacci Delaney, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

or, 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jacci.delaney

WEBSITE: http://www.jaccidelaney.com

YouTube CHANNEL: Jacci Delaney

 


Kagan Dunn 1

MEMBER MONDAY: Kagen Dunn, ARLINGTON, TEXAS

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Kagen Dunn and I live in Arlington, Texas. I am a senior at the University of Texas in Arlington and will be graduating this fall. I chose to attend UTA specifically for their glass department. Before attending this school, I had zero glass experience. While attending UTA, I have remained active in our student organization, 2100 Club, and currently, hold an officer position as President. Attending UTA has presented me with many opportunities such as scholarships to attend classes at Pilchuck Glass School, UrbanGlass, and Pittsburgh Glass Center. I also work as an instructor at SiNaCa Studios in Fort Worth, Texas in both the glassblowing and kilnforming studios. 

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chose the processes that you use in your work?

Glass is a very versatile material and I enjoy the challenge of trying to do something new with it. That being said, only working with glass can be a little limiting. Throughout my undergraduate career, I have found myself branching out in materials that are familiar from my childhood and finding ways to intermingle them into my work.  

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My work focusses on the use of traditionally domestic materials, such as fabric, thread, and paper, in conjunction with more industrial materials like glass, drywall, and wood, utilizing their varying qualities. Through my artistic practice, I have been drawn to the unique characteristics of objects made by hand, with a focus on the actions of the hand and the finished products’ individual subtleties. As the artist, I feel that it’s important to incorporate the use of my own body into my work to make it more meaningful but to also add personal intricacies.
 
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
 
If I weren't pursuing an artistic career, I would definitely try to be a dog trainer. 
 
Why are you a GAS member?
 
One thing I really enjoy about glass is that there seems to be a community created around this material. The Glass Art Society is just another way for me to be involved in that community. I enjoy the opportunities that are presented with being a member, such as the conferences and student competitions. 
 
To learn more about Kagen Dunn and her work, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
 
 

 
 
Karola
 
MEMBER MONDAY Karola Dischinger, SWITZERLAND

Tell us about yourself.

I am Karola Dischinger, a native German living and working in Switzerland. In 1999 I got in touch with glass by chance when a friend asked me to join her for a fusing class. In 2002 I took my first class in Bildwerk and quickly knew I wanted more, so in 2003 I took a break from my Human Resources career and attended a Penland School of Crafts 2-month session to learn the basics of glass blowing. Each year afterward, I took classes during holidays in Germany, the UK, Turkey, and the US to learn more about the material and the various techniques. Since 2014 I have been working full-time in glass, and this year I had my first solo show, “Modern Times in Our Working Environment,” in Basel/Switzerland.

What draws you to the material you work with and why have you chosen the processes you use in your work?

There are so many different techniques that express a different quality and “presence” of a piece and make it appear beautiful or ugly--heavy thick castings, delicate blown work, fragile and brittle pate de verre, cold work producing ceramic-like effects, and more. The wide-ranging possibilities made glass the perfect material in my project about our modern working environment because I could explore and transmit complex messages, often metaphorically, about the impact of organizational pressures on human beings.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Since my background is in Human Resources, for the last 4 years I have worked around topics like personality, relationships, company strategy, connections, responsibility, leadership, gender and inclusion, organization, health, teamwork, and values of companies and employees. I’m now developing a project around a new theme, but my driving interest remains how people can enhance relationships and society through their ways of interacting.

What is your dream project?

Currently, I dream about showing my work in a corporate environment in industry, banking, or social media companies that have such a strong influence on our daily lives. I would like the management, in particular, to reflect on why taking more social responsibility should take precedence over continually making more profit. (I’m very aware that probably nobody in business would share my dream.)

If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?

Working for a museum or managing exhibitions in order to learn more about the other side of the art business.

Why are you a member of GAS?

GAS is the biggest glass-related organization, and I appreciate all the information available from the US. Also, I enjoy catching up with friends and colleagues at the GAS conferences, such as the incredible Murano one.

To learn more about Karola Dischinger, check out a catalog from her most recent show, or her GAS Member Profile Page

 


 

Han de Kluijver

MEMBER MONDAY Han de Kluijver, HOLLAND

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Han de Kluijver (Sliedrecht, Holland, 1950). After graduating from the art academy in the 1970s, I started studying urban design and architecture. In 1983 I started my own desk HDK architects bna bni bnsp. I feel more architect than artist, but in reality, the two disciplines reinforce each other. My work as a visual artist serves as a catalyst and as a source of inspiration for my architecture.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

For me, it was especially important in the first instance to do form studies, which I could extrapolate in architecture. The basis, namely the design process, is the same in both architecture and glass casting.  After countless sketches, an image is formed that can be captured in a model. Just like in architecture, all kinds of changes and improvements to the design are possible during the manufacturing of that model. In architecture, glass is used to let light into a building, to reflect the surroundings of a building, to create the illusion of space and to visually connect spaces. My glass works are architectural works.  

What themes do you pursue in your work?

With my glass objects, I want to show that the boundary between architecture and sculpture is less strict than is often assumed. As an architect, you create space with the help of glass walls and facades. The glass objects only create space in a figurative sense. They are a metaphor of the literal space experience in which architecture provides. I want to develop this further.

What is your dream project?

The opportunity to continue experimenting with the countless possibilities of this versatile material. To me, glass is a metaphor for life: fragile, not always transparent, sometimes colored and often enchanting.

If you were not working in this field, what career would you choose?

Design requires a specific attitude and a certain obsession. Once you have mastered that attitude, you can design objects as well as buildings or even a part of a city. Trips to other disciplines can stimulate creativity and innovation, challenge you to work with new materials, and strengthen technical knowledge.

Why are you a member of GAS?

Together we can draw more attention to glass as craftsmanship and glass as an art form.

To learn more about Han, or to see more of his work, visit his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE


 

Lothar Böttcher

MEMBER MONDAY Lothar Böttcher, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Lothar Böttcher and I live and work in Pretoria, South Africa and run a coldshop studio called Obsidian Glass.

In 1994 I helped build our first furnace for the Glass Department of the Tshwane University of Technology - I was hooked! Thereafter I furthered my studies specializing as a cold worker/engraver in Germany at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Hadamar under masters Josef Welzel and Willi Pistor.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

As a cold worker, I have become intimate with glass from another angle (pardon the pun…). I guess the discipline of grinding and polishing is inspired from my sculptural background, whereas the meditative process and material offer new unexplored possibilities.

Each piece is a personal journey. 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Light is the constituent medium. Looking, seeing, exploring our immediate space and the universe as a whole. 

I am very much inspired by our inquisitive human nature and those moments in history which heralded new discoveries through a “looking glass” and the mind-bending magnitude of info a light-beam contains. 

In a contemporary context, I try to understand the impact of digital “lenses”, those we carry in our pockets, filled to the brim with info… 

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?

Architect or mechanic, maybe even astrophysicist or engineer. Something that will make this little blue dot we live on a better place. 

Why are you a member of GAS?

I enjoy being part of a special group of people, highly dedicated, in so many aspects, to the same material I love and its future

It’s like having an extended family with cousins living all over the world. 

To learn more about Lothar Böttcher, or to see more of his work, go to his MEMBER PROFILE.


 

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