In keeping with the inherent contradictions of glass, the bold forms and vivid colors of my work pay tribute to the smallest building blocks of our Earth. I develop the premise that Nature’s strength is through her ability to yield.
Kiln fired glass is also called warm glass; a technique somewhere between stained glass (cold glass) and blown glass (hot glass). I work with the glass when it is cold and sharp - then give it to the kiln, where the heat unites the various components, rounds the edges and heat polishes the surface.
After visualizing the subject, I begin by cutting shapes from sheets of colored glass to embody the basis of my design. After these glass pieces are assembled on a prepared kiln shelf, I then make specific stringers and frits to develop detail and depth. The glass is now heated in the kiln to the fusing point. I pay special attention to the annealing process, the cooling of the glass very slowly to ensure the durability of the finished work. A second or third firing is required to achieve a 3 dimensional vessel.