Artist's Statement

Glass is a medium of many facets. It at the same time and to the same degree represents to me a technical obsession, a format for personal expression and an amalgamation of function and art.

I draw inspiration and influence from my travels, the things I see and people I meet. I am most influenced by the Venetian tradition of glassblowing. I have worked with several Venetian Masters and am well versed in the traditional techniques. I challenge myself both to modify these techniques, using them in new ways, and to master them in their traditional format. By mastering them I am part of a family of artists and artisans whose history is traced back to ancient Egypt. By modifying them, I am part of the tidal wave of innovation that has changed the face of art glass so dramatically in the last forty years.

My Negative Murrine work is about discovering something new out of something old. Themes of positive and negative spaces as well as ancient and exploratory technique are used in juxtapostion. This work combines the fundamentals of a very old Venetian technique with a new way of approaching the medium. To oversimplify a complicated and beautiful process, the old technique involves making a sheet of glass squares into a bubble and blowing this bubble into a vessel. This new technique examines what happens when each square has a hole in it and therefore cannot be blown in the traditional way. In and of itself, it results in an interesting and modern effect. Very simple and balanced. When included in or on a vessel or sculpture, it takes on a new persona. Each piece is its own exploration into a combination of old and new.

Glass, as we work it, is a liquid. It is amorphous and entropic down to its molecular level. To harness its fluidity, one must control it, and to control it, one must let it be fluid. These symbiotic contradictions in both the forming and the nature of the medium inform my work. My work is about showing these contradictions and using them. My work combines the art and love of process with idea. My work is about the whole and not knowing. My work blurs the line between art and craft.

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