My recent works in furnace glass are split between the functional and the sculptural, using traditional and experimental techniques to reinterpret classic patterns and forms into objects with a pop sensibility. While practicing my glassmaking craft through a range of foundational vessel forms such as bottles, goblets, and bowls, new ideas emerge for objects to exist as sculpture. I aim to keep the work playful, subversive and improvisational, mixing boxy refinement with harsh technique. Glass is an inherently spontaneous material that can shift into many different shapes and appearances, and my work is a continuous pursuit of that potential.
As an object maker, I am less concerned with the designed or conceptual utility of an object as I am interested in exploring crudity, form, and aesthetic sensibility. I often ask myself: how can I compose an object using traditional techniques of glassmaking, such as hot sculpting, cane patterning and bit-working, into an improvised vessel or form? How can I approach the traditions of this craft in unconventional or unexpected ways? Glass is a balance of technical refinement and experimentation. By bringing influences in from mediums outside of glass, I approach new forms with the material while preserving the heightened aesthetics that the traditional techniques lend exclusively to this craft.
recent objects, things, and sculptures:
functional: for more see production work
earlier work: pre-2015