Glass has held my attention for well over 40 years, which is pretty amazing because for better or worse, I have interests that scatter me in a hundred directions. I am moved by the majesty of the night sky. Physics, cosmology, and the workings of the universe fascinate me, as do high temperature chemistry, powered flight, and all things mechanical. I can be mesmerized by color, form, pattern, iridescence and complexity. Magic, contradiction, and paradox lead me to experiment and often push me far outside my comfort zone.
Every night, the last thing I do before going to bed is walk from the house to my studio to check on my furnaces. Occasionally seeing an aurora borealis, watching a thunderstorm develop down the valley, or just looking up at the sky on a perfect summer night… it’s no surprise that some of that is translated into my glass. This process doesn’t happen in any planned way, it is gradual and unpredictable.
Liquid glass is so amazing! It consists of sand and metallic oxides combined with extraordinary, blinding heat. The result is a material that flows like honey. When it’s hot, glass is alive. It moves gracefully and inexorably in response to gravity and centripetal force. It possesses an inner light and transcendent radiant heat that make it simultaneously one of the most rewarding and one of the most frustrating materials for an artist to work with. I try to coax and shape…the glass just wants to drip on the floor! Most of my work reflects a compromise between the molten material and me; each finished piece is a solidified moment when we both agree.