I began working with glass after many years in ceramics.
After training as an apprentice to a Maine potter, my work continued to develop during four years of art school. Following college, I taught hand building classes while doing production dinnerware.
Hot glass is very similar to clay as both mediums require multiple firings. Also each can produce subtle and dramatic chemical reactions when certain colors intersect. As with porcelain clay, the density of glass determines its translucency. I’m especially excited by “cold working” on kiln formed glass. These machines allow me to further manipulate the surfaces by grinding with diamond wheels, cutting beveled edges and sand blasting to soften the expected gloss into a soft matte.
My current series involves a process that traps air bubbles between layers of glass. Hot glass is fluid by nature and often unpredictable. The bubbles appear randomly during firings and settle into unexpected places. My grid design offers a template that can pull the bubbles into empty spaces.
I use glass as a means to play with color, explore pattern and depth. Each finished piece gives me new information that I hope to build upon.