I've been making kilnformed glass since 2006. I am fortunate enough to live in Austin, Texas, which is home to Helios Glass Studio. Helios is a highly regarded teaching studio, where instructors with international reputations come to teach. So I've been able to take classes from some of the best of the best. There is a large, supportive and close-knit glass community in Austin and the "Helions" create some astonishing work.
I have been fusing for over 10 years but I'm going to show my most recent work first. In 2014 I participated in an artists' residency in New Mexico, where the landscape was the inspiration and abstraction was the object of the game. Richard Parrish and Steve Klein gathered together a dozen artists from across the country and across artistic disciplines to become steeped in the environment and generate ideas for new work. We were confronted with two very different landscapes. Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, is soaked in color. Orange and red cliffs, brilliant blue skies, and, surprisingly -- a secret river. It was almost too much to take in.
Our group also spent two days at a nearby place located on private property called Plaza Blanca. A very different landscape, it was a complete surprise due to its lack of color. It's a dry, bleached place with soaring spires made of soft stone. I was smitten.
There was a period of some years when I made spiral bowls. I would have my glass cut at Heart of Texas Metalworks, based on a vector graphic I provided, which was loaded into a CAD program on a water jet cutter.
I began my fused glass adventures with stack squares. A basic technique taught to everyone who learns to fuse, it became my mission to do them in a unique and unexpected way. To this day I have not grown tired of them. It's been quite a while since I've worked in this way but I'm sure I'll come back to it some day. These designs just make my heart happy.