Glass Artist /Purveyor of too much information
March 13, 2017
Tell us more about some of your past projects?
For the last seven years I have been working in cast glass. The body of work was predominantly based on breaking and reassembling glass pieces. The idea was to take pieces that were “ruined” and put them back together with another section of glass. This was my attempt at giving the remnants a new life while making something entirely new from what we as a society have deemed fragile and worthless, broken glass.
What current projects are you working on?
I am currently working on a new body of work I began in 2016. The work is simply titled “Studies” because that is exactly what they are. I’ve been experimenting with laminated glass using colored adhesives. It’s still a relatively new process to me, therefore, I am still figuring things out. So for each new study, I try something different or try to improve upon the last piece. Some are successful, and some are not, but seeing how the colors and glass interact with different angles is the whole idea. I’m trying to find my voice with the glass. And when I find it, I will consider naming my work again.
What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
In 2014, I moved back to Toledo from Arlington, Texas for studio access. My studio is located at the Schmidt Messenger Studios. Here, I have my own space and share space with other local artists. I also have access to the TMA Glass Pavilion where I do a fair amount of my grinding and polishing. Between the two studios, I haven’t found a cheaper place to make my art.
Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
This past year, I recently showed at the SOFA Chicago Expo. It was a huge step in my career to be shown with some of the best work in the nation.
Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
Right now I am fascinated with Hungarian glass sculpture. They have been laminated and polishing glass for decades.
Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in Bucyrus, Ohio. I lived in Toledo for 9 years before moving to Kent, Ohio to pursue my Master’s Degree. I spent a short time in Texas as an Art Handler, but returned to Toledo so I could afford to make work once again. Right now, I teach at The University of Toledo, Tiffin University, and the Toledo Museum of Art while still trying to find time to make my work.
Favorite place for local culture?
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .
My yet to be announced Netflix dating site.
My favorite place to chill locally is . . .
My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .
I love the view of the river from Walbridge Park.
When I’m not working hard, I can always be found . . .
sleeping in my bed.
If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .
Toledo needs more high end art galleries showcasing work from across the world, so we can keep up with contemporary movements. The more we are exposed to, the better our art will become.
Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.
Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.
Live Studio recording of “Ocean” by John Butler
3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .
technical, geometric, intricate
Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks. In no particular order:
Prof, “Kaiser Von Powderhorn 2”
Incubus, “Morning View”
John Butler Trio, “April Uprising”
Led Zeppelin III
Tech N9ne, “Something Else”
My biggest vice is . . .
I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.
What’s the last dream you recall having?
Back in high school football
The last lyric that moved me was . . .
Seth Sentry, “My Scene” the entire song
The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .
My aloe tree
I want my last meal to be _______________.
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