The forms I have chosen to work with are used primarily
as a supportfor brilliantly colored abstract paintings.
These paintings are accomplished by combining a variety
of glass elements, including color shards, cane, murrini,
and frit, all of which are made ahead of time. The designs
are arranged and preheated on a hot plate. The main body
colors are usually transparent, applied in layers, sometimes
adding opaque white between interior and exterior colors,
followed by several gathers of clear glass. When the final
layer of glass is gathered, the piece is rolled over gold
and silver leaf, followed by the preheated design. After
working the design into the surface by reheating and shaping,
the piece is blown out. On some pieces solid glass elements
are added at this point to enhance optical effects and
form. Final shaping is done and the piece is placed in
the annealer to cool.
began working with flat glass in my spare time while
commercial fishing off the Oregon Coast in the mid 70's.
I met Dale Chihuly through a mutual friend in 1978 and
was encouraged to try a summer session at The Pilchuck
Glass School. I enrolled in the flat glass workshop
led by Patrick Reyntiens in that same year. It was during
this session that I became drawn to hot glass. I enrolled
in the hot glass program the following year and studied
under Joel Meyers and Dan Dailey. I was determined to
pursue hot glass, but in the meantime continued commercial
to Pilchuck in 1984, I studied under Fritz Driesbach
and Marvin Lipofsky. In 1985 I built the shop that I
continue to work from.
have had the opportunity to study under Lino Tagliapietra,
Loredano Rosin and Lucio Bubbaco, masters of Murano,
Italy. I have also been strongly influenced by Pino
Signoretto in his attitude and approach to the material.
Pino is a master glass blower, but of more importance,
a pioneer in solid hot glass sculpture. Other artists
that have had a strong influence on my work are Dale
Chihuly, as he introduced me to hot glass, and William
Morris, through his painterly approach to surface design
and masterly control of form. My experience from watching
these talented people work has led me to believe that
any idea can be expressed in glass".
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