Artist

I have always felt a strong connection to the natural world, and am intrigued by the parallels to the human experience.  Over the years, I have explored this, by developing several series of work that connect us to objects in nature through meaning.  I express this utilizing two primary techniques – flameworking, and a detailed .....

I have always felt a strong connection to the natural world, and am intrigued by the parallels to the human experience.  Over the years, I have explored this, by developing several series of work that connect us to objects in nature through meaning.  I express this utilizing two primary techniques – flameworking, and a detailed casting technique called pate de verre.

My signature is a technique I developed for weaving glass, which allows me to create large scale sculptures by melting glass in the flame at a table top torch.   Technique merges with narratives in my work, to express metaphorical bridges between nature and human beings.  Inspired by the storytelling tradition of woven tapestry and basketry, I see myself as weaving with glass to connect the viewer with the story of the natural world.  Through the delicate nests, flowers, branches, and leaves in each piece, I seek to depict the cycle of life: growth, discovery, change and renewal.  I use the fluidity and fragility of glass to express the beauty and vulnerability inherent in the human experience.  I also consider the effect of time and choice and their impact on personal growth.  My eggs, buds, and flowers are key elements that evoke this notion of rebirth, becoming, and transformation of self.  Later pieces abstract these traditional nest forms into vessels as a metaphor for containment, and continue to explore personal identity.

While I often combine pate de verre leaves with my flameworked sculptures, more recent pieces use this casting technique to explore hyperrealism through botanical forms, and investigate the nature of memory.  A common thread in all of my works, is my interest in the dualities inherent in the human experience, the celebration of imperfection, and the connection between memory and the formation of our identity.  Glass, with its inherent contradictions, is a material well suited to express these tensions in our personal psychology.

 

I also utilize pate de verre on a much larger scale, to create decaying leaf installations with my partner Dean Bensen.  These installations largely reflect on our impermanence, the transient nature of life, and how quickly our path can change.  Whether we are complacent or exert a need to control our journey, there is an inherent unpredictability in life that cannot be contained or measured.  A pile of leaves hit by a gust of wind is a metaphor for this uncertainty.  It expresses that pivotal moment when a life can change forever, in an instant.  Glass, with its inherent fragility, is well suited to express this vulnerability in the human experience.

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Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th