My current area of interest is sand casted glass. I first make a mold from a mixture of moist sand and clay. Molten glass heated to 2300° F is gathered from the furnace in a large cast iron ladle and poured into the sand mold. Various glass and metal inclusions may be added to the work while the glass is still in a molten liquid state in the mold. When the piece cools into a solid state at about 1200° it is pried out of the sand mold with wooden paddles and placed into an annealing oven for up to several days to slowly cool to room temperature. My sand casted work frequently involves incorporating sand casted glass sculpture with found object such as old tools, farm implements or even old metal bedpans! I find unlimited possibilities in objects that have served their useful lives and have been discarded or relegated to garage sales and flea markets. To embellish these with sand casted glass forms causes them to take on new meaning entirely. Some of my work deals with serious themes such as capital punishment, and others may be entirely humorous or satirical. Others may be simply decorative. The found object tells me what it wishes to become. I like the viewer to place his or her own interpretation on them, and I am delighted when someone suggests a meaning in them that never occurred to me.
Biography: Education and Study: B.A. University of Florida, Minor in Fine Art Penland School of Crafts 1998 Hot Glass Sculpture under Richard Jolley Penland School of Crafts 1999 Hot Glass Sculpture under Marc Petrovic Pilchuck School of Glass 2001 Glass Sandcasting under Kelly McClain and Kathy Chase Pilchuck School of Glass 2002 Glass Sandcasting under Mitchell Gaudet 1997 Phoenix Studio Tampa, FL Glass Blowing under Fritz Driesbach 2002 University of Miami 2002 Hot Glass Sculpture under Karen Willenbrink Owner Operator, Glass Studio Leonardo, Ozona Florida 1999 - Present Exhibitions: 2001 Dunedin Fine Arts Center Member Show 2002 Dunedin Fine Arts Center Member Show 2003 Dunedin Fine Arts Center Member Show Design Lab Gallery, Tampa 2003 Dunedin Fine Arts Center Christmas Show 2003 Florida Craftsman Christmas Show 2003 Pinellas Association of Visual Artists Winter Show
Country: United States
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