I have been apprenticing in glassblowing since 2013, and am currently working as assistant glass blower at Tsuga Studios and doing coldwork for two other local shops.
I am drawn to glass as a medium because the process is a meditative blend of science and magic. I am captivated by explorations of sculptural form, light--both in finished pieces and as a dynamic of working with glass at 2000*F, the interplay of fluidity and fragility in glass, and the importance of time to the process--in the working of molten glass time is marked by shifts in temperature, which is directly affected by the way different colors absorb or reflect heat/energy. Adding bits of color to clear glass makes visible the legacy of movement, freeze-frame depictions of two fluids that move differently in the same heat.
For all that I came to glass for the molten magic, I have discovered a desire to shape it cold as well. Using diamond grit grinding wheels, a lathe, belt sanders, rotory carving bits (such as a dremel), and sandblasting provide ways to sculpt and transform glass after it has cooled.
In glass I feel particularly compelled to create beautiful-useful objects. Things that are meant to be touched, and held, and serve as vessles, and have purpose that is augmented but not defined by their beauty.