Artist

Largely autobiographical, my life is quite literally reflected in my work. These pieces, from the I’m a Little Tea Pot Series began with the observation that in times of greater stress my work tightens up. This series is first about loosening up and then letting go.  In Headwinds I’ve worked with physics and turned up .....

Largely autobiographical, my life is quite literally reflected in my work. These pieces, from the I’m a Little Tea Pot Series began with the observation that in times of greater stress my work tightens up. This series is first about loosening up and then letting go.  In Headwinds I’ve worked with physics and turned up the heat on my kiln as a metaphor for the forces we face in life. It’s a high risk learning curve that involves trust in my understanding of glass as a material and of my forms well enough to shut the door of the oven on a finished piece and turn up the heat high enough to know it won’t be the same when I open it back up.

The Artist’s Life! writing prompt is correct to include an exclamation point, because the lived experience of artists is one of extremes. As one half of an artist couple, we long ago we pledged to make work that would continue to push at the barriers of our technical ability and comfort zones. Defining successful work not through an economic lens, but one born from a embracing failure and experimentation with the unknowns. It is exhilarating when you can make your imagination manifest in an actual object, touch another person’s heart, make a new discovery, or meet a kindred spirit. But the stress lies in the unknowns, and there are so many unknowns. How do I plan for and run a business when the business plan is to make things and hope they sell? Will our bodies bear up under the repetitive motions of our craft? What impact are we having on the planet, and what is my value to society? The Artist’s Life! is not for the fainthearted, but l have yet to meet a fellow artist who has felt that they had a choice but to do anything else.

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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