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Woven glass is an enigma, a contradiction, a complex and beautiful mystery. It challenges the observer in his perceptions of material properties. It is at once soft, like a delicate fabric and cold, vitreous and eternal. Metaphorically, it is the intersection of dreams, the impossible made possible. Simply stated, I weave with glass. It's not an illusion, it is truly woven. My work is the result of skilled glass cutting, careful color selection, and precisely controlled kiln firing. The technique of glass weaving is a painstaking, multi-stage process that involves forming thin strips of glass into sinusoidal waves, creating the "weft." Straight (warp) pieces are then fed through rows of wefts. The resulting structure is then melted over a hand sculpted, clay mold within the kiln.
Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck
Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck collaborate to craft contemporary hand-blown glass designs and one-of-a-kind art objects. From consistent multiples to unique sculptural pieces, their work displays brilliant color combinations, meticulous craftsmanship and a creative approach to form.
I use conventional glass materials in unconventional ways to decorate the interior surfaces of handblown glass vessels. This includes tumbling glass cane inside vessels to create fused "nests" of glass and applying silver and copper leaf, by hand and while the piece is still hot and on the punty, to the interior surface. Fusing the metal leaf to the interior in this fashion allows the metals and original colors of the vessel to interact and create somewhat serendipitous and new colors and patterns. It is this balance between serendipity and control that is at the core of my work and motivates me to try new things.
Boyd Sugiki & Lisa Zerkowitz
We are a husband and wife team who met as graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design and produce work collaboratively. The work we create blends contemporary design with a nod to the past. We strive to produce hand blown glass objects that are both bold and unique, and hope that people will enjoy them each day, as if everyday marks a special occasion.
I am so fortunate that, as an artist, I am afforded the luxury of quiet every single day and the peace I receive from being in my studio is immeasurable. Even more remarkable, as I've recently discovered, is the effect my work, created in tranquility, has on others. That the pieces I craft with love, care and time do indeed shine serenity, light and joy back into the world. My work is largely influenced by the natural world and I have come to view working in my studio akin to cultivating a garden. There is an organic rhythm to my creative process. Like an inhale and an exhale – inhaling my surroundings and exhaling life into new pieces. With each new piece another door for exploration opens. And I have found that each work uniquely informs the next; as much as anything pre determined. My love of color is always present and glass - made by way of breaths imprint - remains a potent metaphor in my work.