I enjoy various types of art. I have an overwhelming urge to create. This has led to spending time exploring art in various fields. I have tried as many things as I could. But over time have narrowed things down quite a bit. Graphic design is of course, a passion and my vocation but I also work in mail art, kilnformed glass and silk screening on kilnformed glass.
I have been working in kiln-formed glass for over six years. I love the medium. Right now I am focused on mark making and silk screening on kilnformed glass and I have more ideas than I have time to do. The technology to mark make and silk screen on glass is growing and I am fascinated with all of the methodologies, the processes and the products. It is a very intense focus area for me. Right now I am finishing a fun series of commissioned salmon in glass which has very little to do with silk screening. It is an exciting project and I am looking forward to its installation in a private home.
I am a member of the Oregon Glass Guild and a founding member of the Willamette Valley Chapter. I am also a member of the OSU Memorial Union Glass Guild and I teach silk screening on glass part time there during a four week, evening class every other term. I have been privileged to be part of a number of glass shows including shows at The Gordon House, a Frank Lloyd Wright home built in Silverton, The LaSells Stewart Center, as well as having had shows at The Memorial Union. I often have work for sale at the Gateway Gallery, a glass gallery in Philomath, Oregon.
Kiln-formed glass is a very old process that was practiced in the days of ancient Egypt. However, when blown glass came into the picture, kiln-formed glass was more or less abandoned leaving a gap of about two thousand years for very little movement forward. I think the advent of technology has helped bring about a revival. I believe that the Northwest has been, and probably still is, the epicenter of that revival but there are large and growing populations of glass artists in Australia and England as well.
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