Meet the Artist
About This Artist
I've been sculpting glass with torches since 1998, and lasercutting textiles since 2009, having studied glass at RISD and digital fabrication through MIT. I've shown my work and taught all over the world, and I strongly believe that color is the easiest and most accessible way to make life more interesting and beautiful. I make things that decorate bodies and spaces. I hope they function as doorways to interaction and friendship, to bridge the gaps and break through the walls between us.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My work with glass treats it like a frozen three- dimensional paint. I love restoring glass rods to their liquid state in a torch flame, and playing with their viscosities to sculpt fluid forms in interesting color relationships. I also make pom poms by hand, lasercut and hand sew textiles, and forge metals.
A: I love making small- scale wearable sculptures because the quickest way to try to communicate with other people is by adorning ourselves with cultural signifiers. I know that my jewelry has been and continues to act as an impetus for communication between strangers. Ignitions are sparked when we take risks like wearing something unusual or talking with people unfamiliar to us. I want to see things I've never seen before, and I strive to make work that satisfies this wish.
A: I began doing glass torchwork when I ordered a kit in the mail as a teenager, and taught myself lampwork on a fire escape in Baltimore.
A: Ornament magazine, and the book Wearable Art have both made such deep impressions on me. I've also been influenced by the magazines "Colors", "Nest", "Selvedge", and of course "American Craft"! Marine biology has also affected a lot of what I make because as a small child we had a 150- gallon aquarium at eye level with my toddler face.
A: We are connected to every other living thing. As we reach out to do more and across greater distances, we stretch ourselves further and connect less to the world directly around us. Our attentions are spread thinner over more matters, compromising the quality and depths of our lives. Handwork grounds us, and how rewarding it is to make tangible beauty the evidence of our passing time! To be around other people making things is one of the greatest joys I have known in this life.
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