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Artists Statement For me, Happiness comes from living a creative life, whether I'm making art or making breakfast. I've always felt the need to do things differently than they've been done before. As a result, a lot of my work begins with trying new techniques, either completely new or at least new to me. I'd rather figure something out for myself than research it. This leaves more doors open; more possibilities; more excitement in the unknown. Often a new idea will yield something very different from what I had envisioned, but be just as interesting. I'll start with an idea but let the glass have a say in what it wants to be also. I try to stay out of my own way and not take the process too seriously; have fun with it. I enjoy working with other craft media and I am also a poet and singer/songwriter. I want to touch people on an emotional level through what ever I create, uplifting their hearts or inviting them to look into darker areas of my/their experience. A Quote by Leonard Cohen sums it up for me: "Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning properly, poetry is just the ash." Born April 25, 1957 Education 1979- BFA Magna cum laude Tyler School of Art, Phila., PA 1978- Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. Collections Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. Mobile Museum, Mobile, AL. Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI. Brocton Art Museum, Brocton, MA. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Private Collestions. Museum Shows Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC. - 14 appearances since 1987. Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. 12 appearances since 1986. American Craft Museum Objects For Use 2001. Boca Raton Museum Festival, 1993 2001. Americans in Glass, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI - 1984. Young Americans, Metal, American Craft Museum, NYC , 1980-82, traveling exhibition. New American Glass, International traveling exhibition Western Asso. Of Art Museums, 1980-82. Lake Front Festival, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI. ,1993-96. Frequented Shows American Craft Show, Evanston IL. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, FL. Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI. Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC. Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, FL. Crafts at the Castle, Boston, MA. American Craft Council Trade and retail Shows, 1980 2003. Awards Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, 2nd place- 2003, 3rd place- 2002, 1st Place- 1999, first place- 1993. Coconut Grove Art Festival, 1st place- 1991. North American Glass, Gilford Handcrafts Center, Gilford, CT, 2nd place- 1991. Publications 2001- Objects For Use, American Craft Museum. New Glass Review Corning Museum of Glass, 1979, 80, 84, 90. Monthly Crafts Magazine Seoul, Korea. Contemporary Glass From The Corning Museum by Susan Frantz. Glass, State of The Art, 1983-84, Habitat Gallery. Artists Statement For me, Happiness comes from living a creative life, whether I'm making art or making breakfast. I've always felt the need to do things differently than they've been done before. As a result, a lot of my work begins with trying new techniques, either completely new or at least new to me. I'd rather figure something out for myself than research it. This leaves more doors open; more possibilities; more excitement in the unknown. Often a new idea will yield something very different from what I had envisioned, but be just as interesting. I'll start with an idea but let the glass have a say in what it wants to be also. I try to stay out of my own way and not take the process too seriously; have fun with it. I enjoy working with other craft media and I am also a poet and singer/songwriter. I want to touch people on an emotional level through what ever I create, uplifting their hearts or inviting them to look into darker areas of my/their experience. A Quote by Leonard Cohen sums it up for me: "Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning properly, poetry is just the ash." My work involves various ways to combine layers of color and the encalmo technique, which is the hot joining of two or more separate blown parts. I've experimented with many variations of this technique and in my latest work I cut the top parts of the vessels into squares before they are reassembled hot. The pieces are then blown further, distorted slightly, and other details are applied. This gives the pieces an oriental effect reminiscent of Japanese pagodas. The color banding on the surface of these pieces reminds me of photos of the planet Jupiter so I have titled this series "Jupiter Pagodas". This is a new direction for me and quite different from my earlier and very brightly colored "Ripening Series", which I still make and take orders on.
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