I am a Santa Cruz glass artist, and I draw my inspiration from the shapes and colors of nature and its infinite mystery and beauty. When I discovered glass, its spectrum of color, visual texture, and the aspect of light and transparency, it was ultimately its transformation in the kiln which enchanted me. My B.F.A. in Ceramics, and the subsequent thirty years making pottery and sculpture, laid a solid foundation for my current explorations in glass.
Right now I am specializing in creating fused glass installations for residential and commercial spaces. What is exciting to me is to be introduced to space, and to create art for that space, taking into consideration how it will be used and who will be using it. Whether it's public art, or a newly constructed local building, a restaurant, tasting room or your living room, I very much enjoy the process of creating that special wall piece, or sculpture as a focal point of a space, or a conversation starter. If this interests you at all feel free to contact me for a consultation at your space or mine.
These crazy colored discs you see here, is the “Stardust” series. These glass discs are abstractly evocative of deep sea creatures and blooming flowers, but remain inspired by Physics— black holes, supernovas, dark matter and gravitational pull. I am interested in the underlying symmetry between these two forces—the inference of the smallest sub atomic particle, and the unimaginable vast and sheer scale of cosmological events. Our life on earth, hangs in the balance of a greater understanding of how the universe works. What I’ve come away understanding is that we are all made of the same stuff. Stardust.
I use compatible glass and frit designed specifically for fusing. I prefer to use many pre made elements to compose my panels. My compositions are created using shards of colored glass and ground glasses fired in a kiln to a temperature of 1490 ° F. This fuses (melts) all the pieces together to make one solid panel. Multiple firings and layering create depth and visual texture. I often use dichroic, a rainbow colored specialty glass as well as foil inclusions. I also use hand-pulled strings of glass, as well as transparent and opaque specialty glasses all in a spectrum of colors. I design and fabricate the aluminum channel frames by hand, using stainless steel cable and hardware. Wrought iron stands display the upright free-standing pieces, and the wooden stands are handmade of mahogany and walnut. All my artwork is made by me, in the US and all glass is sourced from Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, OR. I collaborate with several local craftsmen to design and produce my stands.
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Prospect Heights, Santa Cruz, CA, USA