Member Since: Mar 2016
Mainly self-taught, I made stained glass windows in the late 1970’s and switched to fused glass work in 2002. I use a variety of techniques: layers of powdered glass, cold work with saws and grinders, traditional glass paints, cast glass. Sometimes I rake the glass in the kiln while it’s red-hot, or add pure gold leaf. I also carve wood or stone components for some works.
I’ve entitled my current glass art series, “Fire in the Madhouse.” “Gathering Evening Redness in the West” is the first glass piece featuring three symbolic crows and one man gathering. Mythical spiritual, intelligent tricksters, crows are also prophetic messengers of change and transformation.
My glass takes form within the studio kiln, and again is reshaped outdoors in the cold working shop. My glass art evolved out of the 1970’s stained glass revival. My current fused glass is more intuitive work.
The madhouse metaphor is fairly obvious for most people in a deranged world paradigm. Will the place we are destined for arise phoenix-like out of the fire as conscious spiritual awakening? “Who knows,” says crow, clad in his feathery cloak of insouciance. “Just look at my shiny pretty glass and I’ll tell stories.”