GAS Member Monday

Member Monday: Charlyn Reynolds, Illinois

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Tell us about yourself!

Hi! My name is Charlyn Reynolds, but my friends call me Charky! I am from Elgin, IL and began glass in 2008 at Illinois State University.

 

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

My artwork derives from the absurdity of my childhood. I use glass like a bright colorful children’s toy, that can also glow and become a creepy nightlight.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

I create immersive installations of fantastical hybrid creatures that no one has ever seen before. Some of these creatures are a combination of a cheetah-falcon, gorilla-spider, and a manta ray-elephant.

 

What is your dream project?

My dream is to create a full floor immersive installation in a museum. This installation would bridge fine art and craft, which would also close the gap between the art collector and an average art viewer.

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Member Monday: Sophie Bourgeois, Magdalen Islands, Canada

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Member Monday: Sophie Bourgeois, Magdalen Islands, Canada 

 

Tell us about yourself! (Background, name, location, work, how you began working with glass, etc.)

My name is Sophie Bourgeois. I am a glassblower for 22 years. My workshop is located on a gorgeous island, the Magdalen Islands, in eastern Canada. That’s where I like to combine flameworking and blown glass.

 

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

I love glass for its transparency and for the multiple uses it has! I like how it can be so fragile when thin, and so strong when it is solid! It has so many personalities... you never get tired of it!

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

I would still be in the craft field...though there is no other material such as glass!

 

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

I have never been to glass school. I have worked my way in the hot shop for 22 years... and I am really proud of it!

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

I am a member of GAS to join a bigger art community and most of all to be part of a glass community outside of my island!

https://www.sobourgeois.com/

 

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Member Monday: Tim Tate, Maryland

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Tell us about yourself! 

My name is Tim Tate and I have a studio right outside DC. I began my career as a student at Penland, where I went 26 times. I am currently on their board of trustees. I am also the co-moderator for the 21st Century Glass facebook page along with William Warmus. I have just returned from Venice where I had a piece in the Glasstress show with Ai Wei Wei.

 

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

I have used so many processes over time, primarily different types of casting and some blowing. I tend to work in series, and each series may use different techniques and materials. I am currently working with glass mirrors to create space that exists only in the mind of the viewer. 

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Sometimes I pursue current events as my topic, to help me deal with my anxiety over today's news. Topics such as refugee rights, racism, and gun violence.  The other part of me remembers my excitement over reading Jukes Verne and his fascination with Victorian beauty and techno-fetishism. 

 

What is your dream project?

I am currently working in endless mirrors. I want to make a 6 sided "Star Chamber" 8 feet high. It would have one side with a door, so people could enter and they would then become the repeated theme inside this large endless mirror. :)

 

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

I would be a baker. I came to make the most beautiful and tasty pie you've ever seen.  I would open a food truck called, "The Pied Piper" with nothing but savory and sweet pieces  :)

 

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

I received my Fulbright with Michael Janis at Sunderland University in England. 

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

To keep abreast of what strange and marvelous things are happening in glass.  :)

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MEMBER MONDAY: LUCY GILLIS, PENNSYLVANIA

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Background 

My name is Lucy, and I recently moved to Philadelphia after spending my life living in Southwestern and then Richmond, Virginia.  I didn’t take my first glassblowing class until the summer before my senior year of art school at Virginia Commonwealth University, but from that point on I knew I needed to make my work with glass.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work? 

Themes of loss, longing, dreams, memory, surrealism, and lately phenomenology, are all explored with my work. 

 

What is your dream project? 

My dream projects will hopefully evolve as I continue to work, but currently it’s to create an installation at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  I would also love to take over an entire home or domestic space to turn into a surreal and slightly unsettling installation featuring real and artificial plants, lighting, dated architectural elements, and of course glass. 

 

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

I often fantasize about the distinct lives I could live with different careers, and my top four choices are to be a writer and cast member for Saturday Night Live, to be a set designer and art director for television and movies, to operate a flower farm and black cat rescue sanctuary, or to become a homicide detective.

 

What’s something about you most people don’t know? 

I have a semi-encyclopedic knowledge of pop-culture and music references from the mid-1980s to the early 2010s.  

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Member Monday: Verne Orlosk, New Hampshire

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Tell us about yourself –

My name is Verne Orlosk. I was born in England and became a citizen of the US in 2000. My degree in Fine Arts has allowed me to teach all aspects of visual arts and explore different techniques in my glass art.

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

Initially, I was drawn to fused glass through the fantastic, immediate color choices and then I discovered how many techniques could be applied to fused glass as art. Currently, I enjoy the challenges of using glass powder without a substrate of sheet glass. This process allows me to combine colors in a painterly manner to help create depth and enhance the qualities of light transference. It also brings an organic feel as well as a lighter physical weight to the final piece.

What themes do you pursue in your work –

I usually work with ocean-themed ideas that include the evolution of live organisms and their detritus. I would like the viewer to experience a brief moment of contemplation for the beauty or hand feel of a single work based on nature. My recent work has been specifically with leaves and the visible evidence of earth renewal in spring brooks.

What is your dream project –

I have tried to stay focused, but have never tried blown glass. It would be intriguing to collaborate with another glass artist, in any form, and double the ‘dream’ factor.

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

I have always worked in the visual arts in one form or another. If I chose a different career, I might want to do something more hands-on. Maybe creating and building worlds in miniature would make use of how I see.

What’s something about you that most people don’t know –

The name Verne is a derivation of the Vernal Equinox. I have also seen meanings such as; spring green, maiden of spring, youthful and dweller among the ferns. They all seem to fit, having been born in the spring, but at this point, I’ll take youthful!

Why are you a GAS member -

I enjoy seeing the proliferation of glass art. I love how other artists are available, through GAS offerings, to share their process and visions. Appreciation is never wasted.

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Member Monday: Jared Rosenacker, Texas

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Tell us about yourself!

I first discovered glass while enrolled at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Not originally an art student, I soon changed majors, and thus changed my life. Glass took me out to Seattle for 3 years, and then all around the world as part of the Corning Museum of Glass team onboard Celebrity Cruise Lines. I’ve been to about 40 countries! Back on land, I’ve settled in Austin, TX to be part of its enriched arts community. 

 

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

Color! I’m constantly in love with its vibrancy. Color has always played a strong role in my work over the years. I enjoy layering colors and then taking the glass into the cold shop to expose them.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Nature + Time. My world travels exposed me to many breathtaking coastlines. Nature is the greatest sculptor. It’s really amazing what something like water and time can do to rock. I feel the same way when I’m in the cold shop and cutting into glass.

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

GAS is a one-stop shop for all glass-related happenings. Love the News Letter!

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Member Monday: Clare Peters, Australia

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Tell us about yourself!  

My name is Clare Peters and I am an Australian glass artist. For as long as I can remember I have been a maker. From building my dog's kennel as a child to making our own mudbricks to build our home - I have always had the need to make. From that need arose a love of creating/making something beautiful that others, too, can share in and to be an expression of myself. In 2003 I opened a working and teaching studio in Fountaindale NSW. I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2015.


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

I love the translucency of glass and the way it acts as a conduit for light. I perceive this light as part of the work itself and enjoy how it activates space. My work explores using this light through multiple layered fused glass, to explore the expression of my themes.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

I come from a background in nursing which brought with it an understanding of the value of hope. Through the use of text, light, and glass, I aim to create works that allow the beauty and hope in life to be revealed, and to give physical expression to the realm of faith. I often use text selected from Biblical writings such as the Psalms or Proverbs, deconstruct the passage, and reapply it to the glass in layers. The layers are then recombined and fused into a sculptural form, suspending the words in space- creating a place for inspiration, revelation, and hope.

 

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

I would pursue the prevention of disease through lifestyle choices and nutrition. I see so much preventable disease as a result of poor health choices due to a lack of knowledge or guidance, and the negative influence of marketing. Otherwise, I would love to train guide dogs.

 

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

I am a trained midwife and cardiac specialist nurse.

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Member Monday: Trevor Ninos, New York

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I’m Trevor Ninos, I grew up in a rural area of Western New York State. I currently live and work in Brooklyn, New York. I began working with glass at a young age. A childhood friends’ father was a glass artist, and this is where I was first introduced to the material.

I was first drawn to the glass because of the danger element of working with a molten material. After running a production flame shop for a number of years, I made the decision to enroll in the glass program at Alfred University, where I shifted gears from flameworking to hot glass. 

Tension is a thread throughout my work. I’m fascinated with human behavior and the fragile microcosms that we fashion for ourselves, being afraid to face change. We often build up these expectations and are unwilling to step outside of that. 

I dream of one day becoming a college professor.

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Member Monday: Paige L. Morris, Pennsylvania

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Tell us about yourself! 

Hello! I’m Paige. I am from Northampton, Pennsylvania. Growing up, my mom would make stained glass decor in our basement. I was always captivated by glass objects but I wouldn’t begin working with glass until I was a sophomore at Tyler School of Art. I graduated from their program in 2012 and I lived and worked in Philly for about a decade before moving to Richmond, VA. I currently live here while I pursue an MFA at VCU in their craft/material studies program.

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

What I love the most about glass is its classification as an amorphous solid. It is neither liquid nor solid, it exists somewhere in the middle of those two states. I find this fascinating and feel that this material offers me a conceptual advantage regarding my work. I don’t always use glass but my methodologies are approached in a manner that reflects the dualities of the materiality of glass.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

In the past, I’ve explored themes regarding ritual and romance. I think a lot about women’s portrayal in popular culture and how that affects our perception of ourselves. Recently, I’ve been transitioning my work and have been exploring ideas of care and comfort, avoidance and deflection. I think a lot about day residue, the bits of your day that present themselves in your dreams, and unfamiliarity amongst the familiar.

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

If I wasn’t an artist I would probably be an activist or maybe even a grassroots politician, which honestly feels strange to admit. Staying politically engaged and informed is essentially a hobby of mine.

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MEMBER MONDAY: John Moran, Belgium

 
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Tell us about yourself! (Background, name, location, work, how you began working with glass, etc.)

Hey guys, my name is John Moran, or as still many people refer to me: Sleepy. I am originally from Philadelphia, but am currently living in Ghent, Belgium where I started a public studio: Gent Glas – check it out. Right now, I am a Ph.D. candidate at The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland and splitting my time between the two cities.

 

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

Initially what interested me in glass was the teamwork aspect of the material and the community around it. As my work mainly deals with people, it seemed like the perfect material to work with. It took me a while to figure out how to start making realistic-ish people; when I first began working with glass, it seemed like something completely impossible. The fact that we are a part of a movement that is still developing and evolving is exciting and challenging.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

As a Libra, my work deals with social injustice and the current political environment, with a nice little critique of Religion and Capitalism mixed into the fold.

 

What is your dream project?

A collaboration with Chuck D.

 

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

I think I would make a good bartender. Gent Glas is a fully functioning glass studio with an attached bar. As a way to introduce glass making to the local community, the bar is a great way to get people to hangout and watch a five-hour sculpture being made. I pretty much do as many of the jobs as possible in the studio or at least have done them, the one I am most fond of after making glass is bartending. I am not a good salesman, but I can sure convince drunk people to drink another beer.

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

The community.

 

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MEMBER MONDAY: Abegael Uffelman, Pennsylvania

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Tell us about yourself!

My name is Abegael Uffelman and I am originally from Olney, Maryland. I began working with glass at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, where I am receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts.

 

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

Glass is a very specific medium that has certain qualities you can’t find in any other medium. I choose the medium I work with very carefully, considering what it does conceptually to my work. Its fragile, transparent, malleable nature, with various ways to manipulate it, allows me to use it in whichever way I need for each unique piece.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My work spans several different topics, but my most recent body of work is about the impact of my adoption, and how being a Korean born adoptee with white American parents has affected my life on both a personal and socio-political level.

 

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

For a while, my dream was to be a tattoo artist. I still think it’s in my future.

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

I am a member of GAS because of the opportunities it provides for me as a young, emerging artist. Being able to go to the GAS conferences for the past two years has been an eye-opening experience. I was able to meet artists, whose work I have been following for a long time, and see them demo in person, which is incredibly inspiring.

 

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MEMBER MONDAY: Mariah Armstrong Conner, Vista, California

Tell us about yourself! (Background, name, location, work, how you began working with glass, etc.)

Hi! My name is Mariah Armstrong (Conner), an artist and educator based in San Diego, California. My background was in painting, drawing, and ceramic sculpture, but after completing my BA (College of Idaho, 2007) I finally had the opportunity to take a hot shop class at Palomar College, and fell into the glass vortex! In 2018 I finished my MFA at Cal State, San Bernardino, and have since been helping to assemble a 2500 sq. ft. glass and ceramic mosaic of California sea life for the Walter Munk Foundation For The Oceans.

 

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

Glass is my favorite material because it interacts with light in such a dynamic way, and its optical properties can both complicate and clarify what we see through it. I enjoy combining multiple mediums and various glass processes, including creating transparent blown forms and filling them with found plastic marine debris for Tipping Point Project, a series of installations about plastic pollution/climate change. I also love hot sculpting/garage assembly, because of the challenges and comradery that emerge while creating a complex object in the hotshop!

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My work explores how humans relate to reality (nature, time, objects) and alludes to precariousness, fragility, the ephemerality of life, and the constant potential for distortion and misperception. I’m influenced by biological forms, geology, archeology and anthropology, plastic objects I find washed ashore, and imaginings of what might eventually become the artifacts of our time.

 

What is your dream project?

I’m always trying to square my desire to protect our planet with using such an energy-intensive material, so I’d say my dream is to help develop more environmentally friendly and sustainable methods for working with glass, both within my own practice and to share with the community.

 

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

It’s no secret that I love animals, but most don’t know that I had wild rescue pets: a fawn, a chipmunk, and a hummingbird! Also, I’ve kissed a whale.

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

I really appreciate how GAS helps to connect the coolest (or maybe I should say hottest) people- the international glass community.  I haven’t missed a conference for the past 5 years because I learn so much every time, and reconnecting with friends from all over, seeing or assisting with demos, and maybe even catching a glass fashion show, is all too good to pass up!

Website: www.mariaharmstrong.com Instagram: @mariaharmstrongart

Vimeo Link of one of my installations, "Optical Delusions": https://vimeo.com/267304283

 


 

MEMBER MONDAY: Paula Pääkkönen, Nuutajärvi, Finland

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Tell us about yourself!

My name is Paula Pääkkönen and I work in Nuutajärvi, Finland, where the glass blowing tradition goes back 226 years. I first got to touch hot glass in 2010 when I started studying Ceramic and Glass design in Kuopio Academy of Design. It was love at first sight. After graduating as a designer I have studied glass blowing in Nuutajärvi a total of 3,5 years getting two different degrees in glass blowing. I now work as a freelance glassblower for artists and designers and also make my own products and art.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I’m fascinated by the never-ending possibilities of glass and the way glass depicts color. I love to challenge myself learning new techniques and pushing my skills to their limits. I’m inspired by different glass blowing techniques and for me working with glass is like sketching in 3D – when I’m working on one idea, it might spark another one in the middle of the process and lead to a whole new series of work. 


What themes do you pursue in your work? 
Inspiration comes always from my inner world. My connection to nature. My connection to the world and people. My emotions, feelings, sense of humor. The memory of a child’s imagination, where common things become magical and the proportions of the world vary and change in time. 
The themes are often very different depending on whether I’m creating art or a product to be used.


What is your dream project?
Right now I’m dreaming of creating my first solo exhibition, a series of work investigating the theme of taste and tackiness. I’m wondering if I can make art so tasteless it actually becomes interesting. Like a joke so bad, it’s actually funny.


What's something about you that most people don't know?
I considered applying for an elf school in Lapland, Santa’s Village. Could’ve been a professional elf.


Why are you a member of GAS?
I feel like GAS is a great platform to connect to the international glass family and to share the passion for glass. I’ve also attended one GAS-conference in Murano and hope to attend many more!

 

Instagram @pau_ladesign
Website https://cargocollective.com/pau_ladesign

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MEMBER MONDAY:  Ana Laura Quintana, San Nicolás , Argentina

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Tell us about yourself!

My name is Ana Laura Quintana. I am an Argentine interior designer and love to materialize the pieces that I design.

 

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

The glass is perfect for me as a way of expression; you can work it employing so many techniques… I started with this material making stained glass panels. But afterward, to work it in the kiln fascinated me. It is extremely interesting to design a piece thinking how the heat will change the state of the glass so that piece will transmit what I want. 

 

What techniques do you pursue in your work? 

My favorite technique is pâte de verre, not only because of its sculptural possibilities and the exact colour placement but also because it invites me to experiment a lot. 

I am currently working a paste of glass as a cloth that you can model. The result are very thin and even ethereal pâte de verre vessels, that can sound like bells when they hit with each other because of its hardness, and also they can contain water and float.

I always use curving lines and round forms, that connect me with nature giving harmony to my designs.

 

Why are you a member of GAS?

To be a member of GAS is important for me as a glass artist since it provides me information about international events, and keeps me connected with glass artists from everywhere.

 

Ana Laura Quintana has a lovely video on YouTube.

 


 

 

MEMBER MONDAY: Tate Newfield, California

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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.

 


 

MEMBER MONDAY: Lisa Naas, Glasgow, Scotland

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Flight Gesture. Kiln-formed glass. Image by Alex Hall

 

Tell us about yourself.

Right now, I’m an American transplant in Scotland and a PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art, with my thesis deadline looming. I’m in the throes and woes of my final year, writing up my dissertation, which explores the medium of glass and the glass studio as a staging ground for creativity research.

 

What draws you to the material you work with?

I really enjoy that glass is so ubiquitous in our lives that we often take it for granted, and yet it has been at the forefront of innovation for centuries. For me, glass material offers an endless source of conceptual exploration as it inherently has contradictory physical properties and characteristics that I find so interesting.

 

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

Themes of the body—with gesture, emotion, or sense—are almost always present, including within my most recent collaboration, where we tried to make glass more approachable and touchable through interactive technologies. My work takes on a variety of forms, from sculpture to installation to film to hand-bound books, and while glass is always a primary medium, I choose the processes and format that best express the project concepts.

 

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

I think I will always be involved with the arts in some way, shape, or form. Before I arrived in Edinburgh for my glass studies, I was Director of Operations and Student Life for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute—the inspiration and passion of the students, the faculty, my coworkers, and the Tanglewood Festival artists, pushed me back into the studio for my own artwork.

 

What is your dream project?

I would love to return to Tanglewood with my husband, composer David Faleris, and be artists-in-residence together to develop and present new work to the incredible arts community that gave us our start. David and I began collaborating shortly after we left Tanglewood to go abroad and just co-authored an article (https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/8/1/19) about our most recent work capturing, preserving, and sharing the sounds of glassmaking through music and glass objects.

 

Facebook: Lisa Naas Faleris https://www.facebook.com/lisa.l.naas
Instagram: @lisaanddave https://www.instagram.com/lisaanddave/
Twitter: @inconcert_glass https://twitter.com/inconcert_glass
Website: https://www.inconcertwithglass.com/
Recent Publication: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/8/1/19
ECA Profile: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/profile/lisa-naas

 

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Kiln-formed glass. Image by Lisa Naas

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Recording the Sounds of Glassmaking
Process for Makers Marks project. Image by David Faleris

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Detail of Sounding Glass in Exhibition. Blown glass, copper, electronics. Image by Alkistis Terzi

  


 

  

Caroline O'Connor

MEMBER MONDAY: Caroline O'Connor, Essex, ENGLAND

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Caroline O’Connor and I live in Essex, England.  My background prior to glass was as a product developer for Fashion & Textiles.  I began working with glass in 2014 and graduated with an MA in Glass 2016 under the glass mentorship of Colin Webster at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham in Surrey. 

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

Playing with glass in its molten state is quite hypnotic, magical and addictive. During my degree, I focused on blown glass and coldworking in monochromatic shades to mirror the vision of the blind & dolphins.  I recently discovered optical glass and the wonderful world of dyes whilst taking a scholarship class with Martin Rasol & Tomo Sakai at Corning and am starting to explore this in my current work.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

The context of my work to date has been to question human perceptions of disability and our own centric view of intelligence.  Exploring the extraordinary abilities of dolphins to see through objects with sound led to a hypothesis of possible pictorial communication in dolphins.  The clear benefits to human’s that use sound to see have been pioneered by Daniel Kish at World Access for the Blind.  ‘A Sea of Horns’ is an installation piece which is a metaphor to help the public ‘see through sound’.  The horns in my work are a representative symbol of sound in its primitive form to raise awareness of our free ability to echolocate when blind.

What is your dream project?

I would like to do a glass installation in an old church ruin or graveyard. 

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

Marine Biologist or Sound Healing.  There is a lot more to be discovered within this field in relation to its healing effects on diseases such as cancer with targeted high frequencies.

What's something about you that most people don't know?  My best ideas come in lucid dreams.  I am very interested in the conscious and unconscious mind states.

Why are you a member of GAS?

I joined GAS in 2014 after a visit to Corning Glass Studio.  The United States is a melting pot for glass artists across the globe to come together and merge diverse techniques in a highly supportive atmosphere. 

Tol learn more about glass artist Caroline O'Connor, go to her GAS Member Profile Page.

 

Or, her personal website: https://www.carolineoconnor.co

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/callyoconnor1/ 

IMAGE: "Rock n' Roll- Do you have a soul?"

Piece gently rocks and rolls when touched. Blown glass in monochromatic grey and clear shades. 


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MEMBER MONDAY: Steven Ramsey, NEBRASKA

Tell us about yourself!

I grew up in Houston, Texas and during High School, I worked for a glass company making torch-worked novelty items. That experience was enough to become enamored with the material; there was an immediate affinity to the working qualities of hot glass. 

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

The one lesson I learned long ago that seems to have imprinted itself on everything that I do is to allow the material to express itself in a way that enhances the form and/or content of the work.

 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

My work is based on the narrative. The themes for my work derive from numerous sources: literary works: myths, legends, and local folklore are often the primary catalyst although I strive to go beyond mere illustration to bring some aspect about human experience and identity to the work.

What is your dream project?

There are a few non-glass artists that I would like to collaborate with, but my dream would be to have more time to devote toward a technical exploration of new digital technologies, however, there is enough possibility in what I already do to keep me busy and happy. 

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

Working as an educator, to be able to share my knowledge and passion for glass is very fulfilling. I would be equally satisfied however teaching other studio art classes because of the creative dialog and potential for growth, both for the student and instructor.

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

My professional work also includes digital image making and sculptural applications.

Why are you a member of GAS?

A GAS membership is a good way to stay in contact with colleagues and to have access to resources and information that might not otherwise be so easily available. It’s a valuable resource and a way to support the larger glass community at the same time.

To learn more about Steven Ramsey, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

PHOTO: Bright River, 2017


Feleksan Onar 2

MEMBER MONDAY: Feleksan Onar, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

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

My initial attraction to glass as a material is due to its physical qualities: being translucent, the optical effects, the depth in the colours, being fragile yet so strong. However, what kept me dedicated to glass is the complexity of working with glass and how it matches or even compliments my character and challenges me.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Glass is the way I communicate. Through glass, I share my thoughts on past and present social issues, reflect on my heritage and even convey anxieties and expectations of the future. Social and political topics come out regularly in my work as well as the history of the eastern Mediterranean where I live.

What is your dream project?

I do have a dream project in mind and hoping to get to it in 2019/20. ‘Perched, currently displayed at V&A, is a moving display of 99 mold-blown glass swallows with trimmed wings representing my artistic response to the millions of displaced Syrians who have fled their war-torn home for Turkey. The swallows’ form was inspired by Birds Without Wings, a historical novel by Louis de Bernières (2004). Set during the wars between Greece and Western Turkey in the early 20th century and tells the story of families caught up in mass migrations as the Ottoman Empire broke up.. 41 of these swallows have been presented in the Islamic Art Galleries of V&A since June 16, 2018, and will continue to show there through April 22, 2019. Their initial presentation was in the Aleppo Room of Pergamon Museum earlier in 2018. I would like them to be shown in yet another major museum or public space in North America and afterwards my dream is to organise an auction to raise funds for an organisation like UNHCR for the refugees as they finally find their permanent homes.

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

I think ı would have been a great diplomat in foreign relations but not for our 21st century world:) I enjoy connecting people and cultures, creating win/win solutions. But then again I see myself as a lawyer as I have a very rational mind or as an architect as I love thinking in three dimensions 

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

Maybe the fact that I love animals. At home, we have six dogs and 2 are rescue dogs and a parrot and we frequently travel to Africa. In fact, we will be traveling to Botswana and Zambia this spring. My collection ‘ Animal Kingdom’ stems out of such trips to Africa.

Why are you a member of GAS?

It is a great international community to be part of!

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

Or, her personal website HERE.

Current installation, Bliss  at Pera Palace Hotel through March 25th, 2019

41X’  for The Glass Week Venice


 

MEMBER MONDAY: Antoine Pierini, BIOT, FRANCE

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

I did not choose the method of glass blowing. This is this process and this way of working that came naturally to me since my father whom I saw working every day already used this process, and that is also the specificity of our city. Biot is the first French city whose notoriety is coming from this know-how. I also work a lot with cold glass.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

I draw inspiration from nature and from what it offers in the most beautiful and purest form. But for a few years, I have been completely captivated by the Mediterranean, its landscapes, its cultures, its citizens, its wealth, its colors. My artistic work is therefore imbued with this inspiration and I create installations and pieces that offer a different perspective on these civilizations. I revisit old objects, like the amphora of my collection "Vestiges Contemporains".

What is your dream project?

I am working on a project that is close to my heart but that will require years of work. This project is about the Mediterranean and its civilizations. Of course, my dream would be to awaken consciences, and show that the differences between the Mediterranean peoples and others is wealth. I have the dream that this universal artistic project can defend at its level the values that are important to me: humanity and sharing.

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

I imagine that I never asked myself the question because I have been in this universe since my youngest age and I never saw myself doing anything else. If I had not worked with glass, I may have evolved one way or another towards an artistic career as my need for creation is visceral. 

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

I have inside of me stress and anxieties which, even with the years, do not stop growing. Only artistic creation frees me from my demons, and that's certainly why all my creations have something deeply serene and relaxing.

To learn more about Antoine Pierini and his work, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE 

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/antoine_pierini/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PIERINI.Antoine/

Photo: Dunes Collection


 

Sini Majuri

MEMBER MONDAY

Sini Majuri, HELSINKI, FINLAND

Tell us about yourself! 
My name is Sini Majuri and I live and work in Helsinki, Finland. I got obsessed with glass when I saw a sculpture by iconic Finnish designer Oiva Toikka in 2008. My video art installation was in the same space next to it - and it was love at first sight. After my art & design studies in Aalto University, I have been approaching the material from the viewpoint of Scandinavian tradition, combining it to modern 3D-design.

What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Glass is one of the key technologies that modern science has evolved from – through the invention of the lens. It is a medium that can be serene and wild at the same time. It bends light and has interesting optical properties. So, when I’m working with glass, I have a sexy material that is like no other. 

Many of my sculptural works are surreal narratives inside thick glass and have hidden details in them that can only be seen from an exact angle. It’s like solving a riddle. In this kind of sculptures, glass is actually a perfect medium for creating something poetic in a three-dimensional way.  

What themes do you pursue in your work?
In 2018 my glass vase collection Jungle was launched by DutZ Collection and exhibited in design fairs around Europe and China. The idea in the 500-piece limited edition series was that the vases are more than mere interior design objects. Each hand shaped piece has a unique character - the soul of the object. I also wanted to work with extremely thick glass that makes the pieces look weightless. In 2019 I will introduce new models of the Jungle collection that are created with traditional steam stick technique. 

What is your dream project?
I love to mix glass with science and technology. Doing something with NASA would be cool. So, if they are planning to blow glass in zero gravity any time soon, just give me a call!

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Before I became a glass designer I was creating unique wedding dresses and sculptural fashion pieces. I actually still combine fashion with glass and many of the silk screening techniques I have used with my cloth pieces have evolved into glass. At the moment, I’m designing a piece that has leather and silk in it. 

What's something about you that most people don't know?
In the past I lived on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. On winter nights I walked to the middle of the icy river to see Northern lights. Watching the Aurora Borealis dance in the silence of complete darkness is magical.

Why are you a member of GAS?

It’s a great platform for glass people to connect and see what’s happening all around the World!

 

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

Or, her personal website HERE

On Instagram @sini_majuri

PHOTO: Jungle Blue Green series


 

Justin Giusti

JASON GIUSTI, Bishopville, MARYLAND

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Jason Giusti and I am a glass artist who lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Bishopville to be exact.  I spent most of my high school days covering whatever surface was in front of me with drawings and doodles.  So when my father said you have to go to college I chose Art as my major, after enrolling at Salisbury University in Maryland.  Starting out mainly working in two-dimensional art, including Graphic Design, I happened upon a place in the art building that was vibrant and full of characters engaging in a more physical art that involved fire.  I wanted to do that.  

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

I began taking classes in glass in 2004 at the university and was hooked.  The immediacy of manipulating a material that you cannot touch with your bare hand is still inspiring and I strive to learn new tips and tricks every day I enter the studio or watch videos of other artists working in the hot shop.  After finding hot glass I never looked back.  I torched my MacBook and said goodbye to Graphic Design, it just wasn't for me.  The warmth of the furnace, the ache of my hands after a work day keeps me coming back for more.  I never found satisfaction in working through a computer screen.  

What themes do you pursue in your work?

The work I make is fun and I just hope people look at it and smile.  I am not into deep meaning in an object. I want people to see something familiar and gratifying in my hot glass creations. 

Why are you a member of GAS?

I continue to be a member of the Glass Art Society because I love to see other people’s work.  To know that there are others out there exploring through the medium of glass.  GAS keeps us stitched together, connecting people through its conferences or just the online message board.  It’s nice to know there are other glass addicts like me out there and I can contact them for advice or just to say, I love your work!

To learn more about Jason, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE 

Follow him on Instagram at @jagglass


 

Hannah GibsonMEMBER MONDAY: Hannah Gibson, Farnham, UNITED KINGDOM

Tell us about yourself!

By way of an introduction, my name is Hannah Gibson. I grew up in North Wales, overlooking the sea, now living near Guildford, around an hour away from London. My background is in Geology, which I studied at Edinburgh University. 

I recently completed an MA in Glass at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, where I am now Artist in Residence.

Studying Geology at the University of Edinburgh I became fascinated by the mineralogy and the reactions between various elements, metals, and compounds. This led me towards a passion for the alchemy of Glass. 

What is your dream project?

Capturing the nostalgic imagery of childhood, exposing hidden narratives through cast sculptural glass stands at the core of my work.  Passionate about sustainability and recycling, I use only 100% recycled glass, and found objects. Be it television glass, glass from mobile phone screens, car windscreens, bottles…The opportunities are endless.

The project I am currently working on, which is my dream project, is called Recycling Narratives, Whispering Sweet Nothings.

Sweet Nothings are a series of individual, unique Cast Glass figures. Usually found in pairs, whispering ‘Sweet Nothings’ to one another.  What are they whispering? ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ (Dr Seuss, The Lorax). 

Something about me that most people don’t know?

I have never grown up.

Why are you a member of GAS?

I am a member of GAS because of the unwavering excitement, the joy, devotion and dedication to glass that the organization brings to our community. I feel it too. Like GAS, I want to share that with as many people as possible.

To learn more about Hannah, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.

Hannah Gibson Glass on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

 


 

Chris Harman

MEMBER MONDAY: Chris Harman, DELAWARE, OHIO

Tell us about yourself! 
My name is Chris Harman, and I’m the owner/ operator of Seventh Circle Glass in Delaware, Ohio. I graduated in 2008 from The Ohio State University in Glass/Art, after that I did a 3-month residency at Hiroshi Yamano’s studio in Fukui; Japan, and then got my MFA in Visual Art from the Columbus College of Art & Design’s inaugural graduate class in 2012. I taught at the university level for the next 5 years, and left in the spring of 2017 to open my own studio. 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

I love simplicity of line, event color fades, and good design overall. I try to apply these tenants to my art, and my functional work, as much as possible while still being responsive to the medium since everything can change on the pipe no matter how much you plan.

What is your dream project?

I am currently working on my dream project by opening my own hot shop, with the help of my lovely wife and partner, Gwen. We were hot about November and had a good soft opening for the holiday season. Currently, we are in the process of finishing up the cold shop, with the gallery/showroom space to be worked on in the spring and summer. Ideally, I would like to offer apprenticeships for high school students, possibly run college-level classes through Ohio Wesleyan at some point, and offer an alternative showing space for both. I want to try and make the studio be a part of the community as much as possible, while also trying to make sure that interested young people have a good foundation.

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

There are other aspects of the glass field that all need people in lots of different capacities. I would probably try equipment fabrication, the thought/material process is just as interesting to me as blowing glass and is really satisfying.

Why are you a member of GAS?

Honestly? It’s because of the newsletter! That alone makes the price of membership worth it… but it’s also the larger community that makes it great--the best example is the conference!

To learn more about Chris Harman, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Additional links about Chris...

http://www.chrisharmanglass.com

http://www.seventhcircleglass.com

https://twitter.com/7thcircleglass

https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/439602859729275/seventh-circle-glass-studio?hl=en 

 


Robyn Feluch

MEMBER MONDAY: Robyn Feluch, Okotoks, AB, CANADA

What draws you to work with glass?

Glass is an incredibly attractive material that requires endless creativity in the ways of forming and working with it as a medium. Although it is beautiful in every form, it’s often equally temperamental and challenging. This challenge is what draws me to glass. 

What themes do you pursue in your work? 

I have a deep interest in the historical and modern relationships between human and horse. As we all can imagine the horse was instrumental in the advancement of humankind but horses also share a historical connection with glass, as once glass was so valuable that it was traded for horses.  Within my work, I take fragments of equine anatomy, sculptural horses, and equine-based tools formed in glass, to recreate moments of equine and human interactions.

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

Something interesting about me that many don’t know is I am a certified riding coach and train horses. Being a coach and training horses is very similar to working with glass; one has to embrace the process, and be patient. The best results always come when you are open to the experience and willing to roll with the punches. 

Why am I a member of GAS?

Being a part of The Glass Art Society is like joining the international glass family. Through conferences that I attended in Corning 2016 and Murano 2018, I feel like I have become so much more connected with both my fellow glass artists and the passion and love we all feel for glass. GAS brings the glass world together through education, connections, and so much more. 

To learn more about Robyn Feluch, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Robyn is on social media and can be followed on Instagram @feluchglass and Facebook at Robyn E. Feluch.  Her personal website is robynfeluchart.com

PHOTO: Muzzles by Robyn Feluch


 

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MEMBER MONDAY Hilde de Rooij

Tell us about yourself!

I live and work in Laren, a vivid and green village, in Holland. I study glass art at the glasschool IKA in Mechelen (Belgium). For 8 years, I have worked with glass. I have also worked a lot with textiles in the past.

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

Glass fascinates me; the play with light, transparency and color.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Themes I often pursue include movement, rhythm, structure and, re-use of 'old' or broken glass.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I am an open book 

What is your dream project?

I just finished a larger work called 'dreams'. Large veils made from antique structured 'white' glass. I want to make more work that is comparable. Dreams in dark blue?

If you weren't working in glass, what would you want to be doing?

If I wasn't working with glass, I would want to be a psychotherapist specializing in dream analysis.

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

I want to Believe. 

Why are you a member of the Glass Art Society?

I am a GAS member because I want to stay in touch with kindred spirits who have a mutual enthusiasm for and are inspired by glass. 

To learn more about Hilde de Rooij, see her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.

Follow her on Facebook, HERE 


 

Janusz Walentynowicz

MEMBER MONDAY: Janusz Walentynowicz

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Janusz Walentynowicz. I am a Polish-born, Danish / American citizen, working out of my main studio in the US for the better part of the year, and from my Danish studio over the summer months.

After graduating from The School of Applied Arts glass program in Copenhagen in 1982, I came to the US with the intent to study at the ISU glass department for one year, but 37 years later, (10 of these at ISU), I am still finding myself, in the midst of the cornfields of Illinois. 

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

Having started out as an autodidact sculptor working in clay, I discovered glass during my first year at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen and knew immediately that this would become “my” material. Working with glass appealed to my natural love of challenge, and I very much appreciated the inexhaustible well of possibilities and discoveries the material had to offer.

Over the years, I have enjoyed exploring and using the material’s inherent qualities, and, in pursuit of expression, I have often chosen to both subdue as well as accentuate these.

For a number of years, my work consisted of blown forms, but I eventually found that the casting process better served the expressive-style I was seeking, and in discovering the possibilities the casting process offered, I seized the opportunity to return to my roots as a sculptor, but now working with a new fascinating material, with new and unique qualities.

What themes do you pursue in your work?

Although I occasionally, (both simply for the love of it, and also for the sake of exploration) make work which mostly seek to fulfill an aesthetic/decorative purpose, the bulk of my production tend to address various aspects of the human condition, questions that reside deep within us, but also responses to events and trends, past and current which impact our existence and, In my opinion, are demanding of attention.

I am one who enjoys having a broad pallet to work with, and cannot accept restrictions when it comes to technique and process. Likewise, when it comes to themes, I have to go where the current mood, notion or inspiration leads me.

What is your dream project?

My sketchbooks contain many sketches of work which may take too long for galleries and collectors alike to connect with and “understand” and are thus, due to the cost of development and production, at present unfortunately unrealizable.

A dream project would be to get 2-3 years financial backing to develop and produce a large body of such work, culminating in a museum show, where financing through sales would not be a necessary factor.

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

So hard to say, but I would certainly still be found somewhere within the arts. If not on stage as an actor, then very possibly as a musician.

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

As much as I enjoy socializing, I also love solitude.

Why are you a member of GAS?

GAS gives the glass community a platform to connect, exchange ideas, find and access resources, and just general relevant information within the glass world . An important tool both for established artist and newcomers alike.

For these and many more reasons, GAS is an organization I find very worthwhile supporting and being a part of.

To learn more about Janusz Walentynowicz, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Or, visit the following links...

Personal Webpage

Janusz Walentynowicz Studio Facebook Page

PHOTO: "Gnome Busting Apparatus", 2016, reverse painting on cast glass, steel. 43 X 55 X 1.75

 

 


William

MEMBER MONDAY William Rudolph Faulkner

Tell us about yourself!

Hello!  My name is William Rudolph Faulkner, but most people just call me Rudy.  I am a product of the sweet glass programs that can be found hiding within the Universities all over the States.  My journey began at San Jose State University and was followed up with the graduate program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Then, I moved to Germany and received another MFA in gemstone and jewelry design at the Hochschule Trier in Idar Oberstein.  I am living and working in Berlin as an instructor at Berlin Glas as I continue to develop my own work as a freelance artist. 

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

I have always been drawn in by technique.  I really enjoy when people make something that I can’t figure out. Even better, I like things that I can understand and see how it’s made, but I can’t do it myself. Those people already figured something out on that next level.  Right now I am doing a bit more casting than anything because I want to get better at it and it is the best process for me to get the results that I am looking for. 

What themes do you pursue in your work?

I find it hard to work on the same thing for too long so my work has encompassed many different themes as I cycle through stages of life.   Recently I have been working through ideas about how people separate themselves into groups of “us and them” and what this allows people to think.  This work has moved into abstractions of this idea within the shape my objects take, as I have begun to focus less on direct translation of objects.  Right now, I am really interested in forms of mass population control tactics through an overabundance of information.  Sometimes I find it really hard to know what’s really going on…you know?  Who knows where that will lead me though??

What is your dream project?

Well since we are dreaming…I would love to be part of or help facilitate opening a place in California where all the crafts can be explored and celebrated.  Something for everyone I shared the art departments with at school.  Metals, ceramics, painting, sculpture, textiles blah blah you know them all.  I would have to add the creation of a Tech Team made of people who can work with the different studios to improve energy efficiency and recouping methods.  Imagine having such an energy-consuming place become more efficient using engineers and people who actually love math!  This information could help us all reduce costs and improve efficiency within the studio movement.  I dream of the hydrogen torch as the normal hot sculpting torch.  I mean, we are dreaming right!!?? 

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

I want to Believe. 

To learn more about William "Rudy" Faulkner, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE.

Personal webpage: www.williamrudolphfaulkner.com 

Instagram: williamrudolphfaulkner

You tube video:

https://youtu.be/8WRQ54Qzf-M

 


 

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MEMBER MONDAY: Simone Fezer, GERMANY

Tell us about yourself!

My name is simone fezer, I am based in Germany and work internationally. The great glass-painter Hans-Gottfried von Stockhausen was a neighbour to my parents and when I was unsure what to do after school, he sent me to Bild-Werk Frauenau where I met glass, was fascinated and made my way from there.

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

I find a beautiful intensity in making glass: the being in the moment, the immediacy and focus it gives and demands as well as the satisfying physical challenge and exertion it provides.

On the other hand glass reflects diversity perfectly: to express various aspects of a theme you can employ different states of this amazingly diverse sculptural material: Glass can speak of containment or transcendence, of light and shadow, it is a vessel, carries, magnifies, clarifies or distorts, it reflects or lets pass, speaks of fragility, brittleness and the flow, it´s hot and cold, colorful and clear, rough and smooth, resembles water, ice and earth, it´s elegant, kitsch, beautiful, broken...and you can use it and its historical and technical properties to have your work speak about all this and more.

What themes do you pursue in your work? 

Many of my pieces speak about the fragility of the balance we are all maintaining or endangering but also want to make aware of the diversity that we all are, the beauty, resilience and stability of the permanent change and re-composition of the interwoven systems of social, sociological, and personal structures. We are continuously reshaping and -forming our world, a fragile construct that necessitates change, and so alters and dissolves identities, identifications, positions and structures believed to be firm. Watching and listening to the often frenzied and mad workings of the world, and influenced by dystopic pop-cultural visions, as well as scientific and fictitious developments, many of my more recent pieces have been getting darker, and maybe angrier, a sense of urgency has entered the making of...

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose? Theater! I love theater and am working on bringing my own practice closer to it. My installations are already stage-like, now I am moving towards performing in and with them. 

What's something about you that most people don't know?  That I am a passionate rider and horseback-archer and that I am, together with my partner, also organizing international competitions in that field.

Why are you a member of GAS? To stay and get in contact with fellow members of the glass community. To share knowledge, start projects and open opportunities.

To learn more about Simone Fezer, go to her GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE

Or…

https://www.facebook.com/simone.fezer.7

https://www.instagram.com/simonefezer/

 


 

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

posted on 7:40 AM, November 12, 2018
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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/

 


 

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