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Working in the ceramic medium, I have always been interested in the synthesis of different materials. From 1989, through 2002, I used steel rod and wire combined with 04 terra cotta in my sculptures. The “skeleton” of the steel provided a way to utilize clay in a more spatial and gravity-defying manner.

The medium of glass is attractive but I never had an occasion to explore it. In 2013, I met Lorin Silverman, an expert glassblower and artist. He worked then for the Corning Museum as a technician helping artists to realize their vision in glass. We researched and developed a way to blow glass into a metal armature.

Glass is perhaps the most difficult medium I have utilized. Once the glass shapes were created, using CAD drawings, I constructed a steel and wire structure, which was then covered with terra cotta and fired multiple times for color to Cone 04. The glass forms were then independently affixed to the sculptures.

The tension between the fractured ceramic with the reflective glass is fascinating, a feeling of beauty born out of decay. All work in this book was constructed, March, 2013 thru May, 2014