I began working with hot glass in 1978. Initially apprenticing with Richard Marquis at Marquis Deluxe Studio, Berkeley California. I had been taking Ceramics classes at Laney College in Oakland CA, studying with Nancy Selvin and while working with Dick I continued my clay work as well. About a year into working with Dick I enrolled and concurrently studied with Marvin Lipofsky at California College of Arts and Crafts, Nancy Selvin at Laney College (ceramics) and Ron Nagel at Mills College CA. (ceramics) all while working part time at Dick’s shop. Several years later I had the opportunity to explore lampworking at Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington state.
Over the course of three summers at Pilchuck, I had the privilege of studying with; Susan Plum, who introduced me to working with Borosilicate glass, James Minson, who has an innate knowledge of the medium and lastly Cesare Toffolo Rossit.
I think it was Cesare who resonated with my own style, using the hot glass tools which were already familiar to me. These summers became a pivotal turning point in my relationship with glass.
Working at the torch has allowed me to feel more autonomous than working with a team of people at a glassfurnace. The solitude of torch work provided me space to focus. Working alone has helped me define my voice and recognize what it is I want to narrate and share.
As curious creatures we attempt to make sense of our world connecting lines and creating stories based upon the images we see. We hold a vocabulary of common imagery that human experience has provided. It is the everyday images I seek out as elements of fables that can speak to each of us in symbolic language. A nest, wishbone and glass cage, those images have recognizable meanings and draw upon feelings and experiences of our shared humanity.
My two latest sculptures “Reckless Gift” and “The Coronation” are part of my glass cage series but have taken a visual departure. These new pieces have shiny interiors gilded with gold. My original plan was to sandblast the surface of the glass as I usually do, but after the gold was applied, I reconsidered, instead deciding to leave the surface untouched. The reflective luster of the glass combined with the gold interior reminded me of the ornate glass I had seen in Venice and Prague.
I now see my work playing its part in the larger picture of historical glass and myself as a partner in the continuation of the art form.
Sue andTom Ellison
Michael and Debbie Sears
Harry and Joan Stonecipher
John and Mary Shirley
Yves Moquin and Sylvie Bergeron
Dr. Susan Schwartz
Steve and Sondra Hardis
Henry and Linda Wasserstein
Candace Kendle and Christopher Bergen
William and Nancy Schneider
Alan and Karen Krause
Joel and Linda Appel
Tove Stimson and Patricia Schaefer
Daniel and Gail Tenn
Roger and Marsha Ritley
Dr Alan Markowitz and Cathy Pollard
Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta, GA
2007 Thomas Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2007, 04, 99′ Waterworks Gallery, San Juan Island, WA
2006, 02, 00, 97 Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
1999 Belvetro Glass gallery, Miami FL
1998, 97, 96-94 Messolini And Amici, Seattle, WA !
2016 -2011 Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL, Thomas Riley Gallery
2015 – 08 SOFA, Chicago, IL, Thomas Riley Gallery
2013 Gallery, “Miltenberger and MacLeod”, Langley, WA 2013,12,11 “Glass Weekend” Wheaton Arts, Millville, NJ
2010 “Identity, Narrative Explorations By four Penland Artists”, Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
2010 Museo Gallery, “Feathered Friends”, Langley, WA
2010 “Speak For The Trees”, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 “Speak For The Trees”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2007, 06, 05 Habatat Gallery, Annual Exhibition, Boca Raton, FL 2006 Galleria Di Vetro, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2005, 02 -95 SOFA, Florida, ChIcago, New York
2004 Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO
2004 Habatat Gallery, Lampworking Exhibition, Paul Stankard, Robert Mickelsen, Kari Russel Poole, Boca Raton, FL
2004 CODA Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, Park City, UT, New York, NY
2003 Tobin Hewitt Gallery, Louisville, KY
2001 Philabaum Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2000 Bainbridge Arts And Crafts Inc., Bainbridge Island, WA
2000 Hope Collection, Santa Fe, NM