"Why would someone spend all that time making the same trash that you see in the street?"
The trashglass series of work I've been exploring for the past few years allows me to practice traditional flameworking techniques while exploring concepts related to my interests in consumption and the life cycles of single-use products by mimicking objects of mass production by hand, using time-honoured craft traditions. I hope to show futility, the futility of my object, and the futility of the discarded bottles and cans ubiquitous to our modern, developed world.
After practicing metalsmithing for several years after high school. I began flameworking in 1998, working for a few days with a pipemaker called Skooter in Nederland Colorado making small "spoons". A year later I studied with Emilio Santini for two months at Penland School of Crafts, and continued my studies with Cesare Toffolo, the De La Torre brothers, Boyd Sugiki, Paul Stankard, Gianni Toso, Andre Gutgesell, and Judith Schaechter in flameworking, hot-shop, and flat glass studios.
I demonstrated at the International Flameworking Conference in 2005 and the Glass Art Society conferences in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, & 2012. a decade of teaching courses has brought me to Corning, Penland, Pilchuck, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Eugene Glass School, the Bulgarian glass festival in Sofia Bulgaria, Anadolu University in Turkey, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and studios in Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Japan.
My work is featured in the collections of The Lampwork glass Museum in Kobe, Japan, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design NY, the Racine Art Museum WI, the Eskishir Contemporary Glass Arts Museum in Turkey, and the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Bulgaria.
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