Meet the Artist
About This Artist
I am a Salt Lake City artist with a fine art background with an emphasis on working in glass professionally for twenty years. A minimalist approach gives my work a contemporary feel and illuminates the simple beauty. I delved into glass art because it’s a mix of creativity, science, and technical mechanics. I have a belief that art is for everyone. It is like oxygen-- needed, but unnoticed.
Q&A With This Artist
A: Kilnformed glass is the process of joining compatible sheet glasses together in a kiln until the glass fuses at approximately 1490 degrees Fahrenheit. This process is done over multiple stages and each takes approximately twenty-four hours for each firing process. Many glass pieces are fired several times to create the shape, form, and texture. Kilns come in all shapes and sizes and the artist is limited to create work within the size of their kiln.
A: Glass is a smooth, and mysterious substance yet, a very ordinary substance. Glassmaking has been estimated to have been around for over 5,000 years. The same piece of glass can appear invisible at one moment and opaque another through its display of reflection. Glass is a chameleon of sorts, an illusionist. Right down to the chemical structure of the glass. As a glass artist, this is where the playground of an artist and science comes together.
A: Creating in many different mediums is interesting to me from painting, jewelry, to public art. I have a belief that art is for everyone. With this belief it has lead me down the educational road teaching in many venues and at many skill levels. I enjoy teaching mini workshops to those who are just being exposed to glass for the first time to teaching artist residency workshops.
A: Oh this is a difficult question for me. I find the smallest things of interest and take note. For example today I noticed a tired city lawn had a lovely patch of blooming clover. From a distance it had a milky white with a hint of pink overtones with the clover green background. The color combination has stuck with me all day. I am sure this will be recreated in some form of my work.
A: Glass is not the easiest of mediums to work in. Let's say there is a learning curve, that lasts a lifetime. I think all glass artists have a unique way about how they move through the world. I so enjoy working with students and seeing their eyes light up, when they get the concepts of glass and the chemistry of it. That never gets old to me.
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