This summer, I had the amazing fortune to do a residency with a new kiln in the home studio of my best friend, Karen Mahardy. Her studio is located in Greenwood, Seattle. It was a long time coming from the design and build out by Eddie Bernard, to the delivery from east to west coast, to the studio electricity, etc. All in all, I watched from Florida while Karen realized her dream. It was quite inspiring. When she asked me to be there for the test firings, how could I say no? We helped each other trouble shoot all of our questions in graduate school at RIT back in 2011-13. I am thankful to have made such an amazing connection.
Anyway, we broke some glass, broke some moulds, sourced our weird materials, had glass shipped up from bullseye and installed the kiln program to the app. It was all down hill from there. Karen and I had challenges at every firing but by the end of 2 weeks, we had it down. These are some of pieces that I made during my time there. I also included a link for how its made Kilnforming/Hot Printing. They are currently on view at Shoreline in Seattle and in the new year moving to a new show in Albany, California curated by Tali Grinshpan.
*Glass Photography By Alex Miller*
Over the past few years, my secret love of geology has come to light. My interests in science stem from to my outdoor lifestyle as a child and my passion to care for the environment. I chose lava after several years of failed attempts with other stones that were incompatible with the borosilicate glass. Lava is silica based, light weight, porous and can withstand the high temperature of this process.
Initially, I made a series of jewelry to sketch out forms and experiment with the process. Most recently, I have begun a series of larger pieces that are wrapped in several layers of glass. For me lava is a symbol of the earth and creation. The glass represents a field of energy, a fragile layer of protection for nature. In a moment of presence, I hope to convey a oneness between the earth and the viewer. Ultimately, these pieces are about connection–physically and conceptually.
At 23, I was asked to help a fellow glassblower with a big stained glass window commission for a church. For this project I learned the copper foil method used in stained glass to connect shapes together with solder. My task was to cut out and wrap hundreds of small white glass shapes that made up the Angel’s wings. Then last summer, on a trip to Germany, I went out hiking and collected flowers. I pressed them in some art books. Once they were dry, I cut 2 pieces of sheet glass or mirror and added the flowers in between. I use this same technique to create these one of a kind flower window pendants. They will be soldered and have a hanging loop at the top to be displayed in a window or on the wall. As I feel with all objects that I find and incorporate into my work, these flowers remind me of a specific experience. They are a memory, a record of time– fragile and precious. I add 24 kt gold leaf and fine silver to add further value to the beauty and impermanence of nature.
These will drop into my ETSY shop as soon as they are finished. Flower Power!