I incessantly sketch mandala-like patterns, and build them in glass whenever the opportunity presents itself. Their radial symmetry and flowing lines bring peace and introspection.
Fused glass artworks are designed, cut and assembled. They are then heated in a kiln, frequently requiring multiple firings and specific heating and cooling schedules, until the pieces and parts are fused and shaped by the heat.
I enjoy creating fused art that is sometimes utilitarian and sometimes not, and I particularly enjoy the challenge of using fusing techniques to create elements that will then be incorporated into my stained glass works.
Finding the Path
A number of pieces I have designed along the way, including this one, deal with searching....people are always searching for something. Peace, self-improvement, meaning of life, winning lotto ticket. For me, I find something closer to my true self when I am mentally and spiritually quiet. We circle around and around thinking we are looking for a thing, but for me it is the perfect circle of emptiness where all possibilities live that is the answer.
Photography: Christopher Alexander
Fused glass drop vessel using twisted canes and sheet glass. This piece plays with the transparency and opacity of the glass, the delicate texture of the glass canes, and indulges gravity as a player in the luscious form of a big drop vessel.