When I began my art journey 35 years ago, glass as a medium was still considered a craft material. My professors at the time were clay artists. It was an unlikely union but, with time, glass matured as my material of choice. Along the way I have incorporated and developed techniques to allow dimension and uniqueness to the glass possibility.
I have primarily engaged myself for the last 25 years using the vessel as a canvas, using its sculptural potential to pivot the viewer beyond the commonplace. My interest is in the container as the emblem of domestic activity and by applying an abstracted functionality, creating a surface for narrative and decorative application; and expanding the context of purpose.
What I draw inspiration from is quite varied: African objects, Japanese and Korean Ceramics, Persian and Indian metalwork. Among contemporary artists, the painters Motherwell, Frankenthaler, and Rauschenerg and the sculptor Martin Puryear are the masters who I appreciate. To describe a theme or thread in my work, I would suggest that it has been the discipline to pursue a road less traveled; Many of the techniques I use are a result of my own development.
Combining the painting techniques I have developed with hybridized Swedish and Italian glass blowing processes, the vessels and objects I have produced reflect an interest in glass transcending its common purpose and achieving a sculptural possibility.