It’s that magical time of the year! I’m getting ready for SOFA Chicago 2019 where I’ll be showing my newest work with Duane Reed Gallery. I’ve created some new panel installations including “Kimono”, pictured here, gold leaf over black glass. And I’ll be showing some new sculptural work including some Droplets. Stop by and visit me in the Duane Reed Gallery booth Nov 1 – 3, 2019! https://www.sofaexpo.com/sofa-chicago-2019
For awhile now, I’ve wanted to create a video that was like a studio visit. It’s hard to explain what I do — my work is very layered and each piece goes through multiple steps on the way to completion. Film is such a great medium for telling that story in a visual way. Documentary filmmaker Derek Klein did some amazing editing and sound work that brought the concept into final form. He really captured both the quiet moments in the studio and the fast pace and fun of working in the hot shop. Enjoy!
Check out this nifty video about my installation Spin, Weave, Gather produced by StarWorks!
It’s great to be able to share some of my process and inspiration behind this piece.
John Vaughn at Story Focused Media did a great job.
Enjoy! And please, share away!
I’m happy to announce the installation of Spin, Weave, Gather — a new panel installation commissioned by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. A year in the making, this piece was made possible by the generous support of the Mint Museum Founder’s Circle and two residencies at STARworks. Watch a video about the making of this work here.
North Carolina has a rich history of textile industry and design. I chose this theme as it relates to my ongoing interest in visual patterns and the relationship between glass cane-work and textiles. Glass is pulled and twisted into canes, then cut and layered to make patterns in the Venetian style. This mirrors the transformation of raw cotton fiber into threads, yarns and finally fabrics. The ingenuity and complexity of weaving techniques gives way to the effects of time and wear, bringing distress and decay. This fragility is inherent in glass, a material that is both remarkably durable and easily destroyed.
Spin, Weave, Gather includes panels that reference the process of creating textiles (cotton bols, skeins of yarn, and whirling bobbins) as well as the finished products (ticking stripes, plaids, and frayed fragments). Special thanks to Lorne Lassiter and Gary Ferraro of the Founder’s Circle for their support and to the hardworking team at STARworks.
I’ll be in residence with Mel Douglas at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA March 7 – 10, 2019! Hope you can stop by and visit. For more info, visit their web site.
Visit my solo show at Duane Reed Gallery through October 13! I’m showing new Droplets, Palomas and wall panels.
The work will travel to SOFA Chicago for extended viewing.
Preview the show here.
I had a fun time collaborating with Preston Singletary at Pilchuck last week for this special collector event. It’s always an honor to support this great school and share the campus and the magic with new people! Preston and I decided to work on a mold-blown mask with a wood-grain pattern. Alix Cannon, Isaac Feuerman and Pilchuck staff assisted us and everything went smoothly from start to finish. I’ll post some pictures of the finished piece soon!
I was thrilled to return to STARworks in Star, NC last month to develop a new project for the Mint Museum in Charolotte, NC. I’m creating a new multi-panel composition in glass on the theme of textiles. North Carolina has a rich history as part of the textile industry and I have long been interested in fabric patterns, structure, and the visual relationship between glass and textiles. Venetian cane techniques use glass strands that are much like threads when pulled, twisted, and layered so this is a rich area for me to explore visually. I am excited about this project and so appreciative of all the support that made this residency possible. Thank-you especially to Lorne Lassiter & Gary Ferraro, the Mint Museum Founder’s Circle, Curator Annie Carlano, Director Nancy Gottovi, Joe Grant, and the staff at STARworks, my fabulous Seattle team of Alix Cannon, Isaac Feuerman and David Walters, and all the other volunteers who stepped in to lend a hand!
I am now represented by Michelle Beiny Inc.
She’ll be presenting my work at upcoming fairs in the US and Europe:
Michelle has a brilliant business in antique ceramics and is branching into art glass and sculpture. I’m pleased to be part of her new venture!
Exhibition: March 3 – April 29, 2018
153 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215
March 3: Glassblowing Demonstration at Glass Axis, 11 a.m.
March 3: Reception with the Artists at Hawk Galleries, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
I’ll be showing my newest work at Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio in March and April of 2018. It’s going to be fun to show with two of my dear friends: Rik Allen and Dave Walters! We have very different creative visions but a share a sense of wonder about the world and the power of imagination. We hope you can join us!