My work uses material as language. Glass has a provocative allure surrounding the medium which I embrace. The material depicts commodity, luxury, and labor. Glass exists in a gaze.
The Merriam-Webster definition of Gaze means "to look steadily, intently, and with fixed attention." The term Gaze became popular for its more complex definitions by psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Though there are countless subcategories for his theory it was first defined as an anxious state of awareness that something or someone is a visible object. This concept is bound with the theory of the mirror stage, (in which a child encountering a mirror realizes that he or she has an external appearance). Lacan suggests the gaze effect can be produced by any conceivable object such as a car or a Iphone. This is Not to say the object behaves optically as a mirror; instead it means that the awareness of any object can induce an awareness of also being an object. In this vein I propose glass to exist in a subcategory of the gaze - the glass gaze.
I exploit the preciousness of glass to convey luxury, I also exploit laborious measures it takes to create objects. The process of glass is a full mind, body and community experience. Blowing glass requires an active body. Through my practice I sweat, get burned, get cut, lift heavy objects and dance back and forth between a bench and glory hole. The mind is constantly in the present. It is in these moments that make the object precious to me. During this it is also required to constantly communicate to a team of people. My studio practice and personal process long for this interaction to keep my mind clear. Immersing myself within a community of people allows me to explore other’s life experiences and absorb new perspectives on life.
It is this state of being that glass speaks to me, through community and through the glass gaze.
2014- 2017 Wisconsin Madison University; M.A. 2016. M.F.A. Glass 2017. Madison, WI
2009 Longwood University; Bachelor of Fine Art, Craft Program. Farmville, VA
2018 Instructor; Surface Treatment and Cold Construction,Salem Community College. Salem, New Jersey.
2017 Instructor; Summer Studio - Lampworking . University Wisconsin Madison. Madison, WI.
2017 Instructor; Lampworking Art 448. University Wisconsin Madison. Madison WI.
2016 Instructor; Shining Brightly Together: Celebrating Individualism Through Teamwork. Girls Inc, Madison WI.
2015-16 Teaching Assistant; Helen Lee. Glass for Occupational Therapy. Madison, WI.
2012-13 Instructor; Intro to Glass. Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, VA.
2012-13 Teaching Assistant; Julia Robins; Intermediate Glassblowing. Portsmouth, VA.
2012-13 Teaching Assistant; Charlotte Potter; Beginning Glassblowing. Norfolk, VA.
2012 Teaching Assistant; Robin Rogers. Norfolk, VA.
2011-13 Teaching Assistant; Ryan Gothrup; Intermediate Glassblowing. Portsmouth, VA.
2011-13 Teaching Assistant; Edward Francis; Beginning/Intermediate Glassblowing. Portsmouth, VA.
Professional Glass Experience:
2019 (UPCOMING) Pilchuck Glass School. Emerging Artist in Residence. Stanwood,WA.
2018 Wheaton Arts. Project Based Fellowship. Millville, NJ
2018 Pilchuck Glass School. Hot Shop Coordinator. Stanwood, WA
2018 ASP & Hand Glass. Assistant. Everette, WA.
2018 Glassbaby. Glassblower. Madrona, WA.
2017 Stan O'neil Glass. Assistant glassblower. Camano Island, WA.
2017 Pilchuck Glass School. EAIRS Coordinator. Stanwood,WA.
2017 Pilchuck Glass School. Audio/Visual Coordinator, Cold Shop Coordinator. Stanwood, WA.
2016-17 University of Wisconsin - Madison. Glass Lab Technician. Madison,WI.
2016 Pilchuck Glass School. Cold Shop Coordinator, Flat Shop Coordinator. Stanwood, WA.
2015-16 Helen Lee. Project Assistant. Madison, WI.
2015 Pilchuck Glass School. Hot shop Assistant, Kitchen Lead, Cold Shop Assistant. Stanwood, WA.
2015 Charlotte Potter. Art Assistant. Norfolk, VA.
2014-16 Helen Lee. Pole Turning/Assistant. Madison, WI.
2014 Ryan Gothrup. Mobile Hot Shop Demonstration. Artisphere; Greenville, SC.
2014 Missoula Glass. Ornament Blower. Various locations.
2014 Susan Gott, Phoenix Studios. Assistant. Tampa, FL.
2014 Jeff Lindsey. Board Assistant, GAS. Chicago, IL.
2013-14 Twin Glass Studios. Assistant glassblower. Prospect, KY.
2013 Thermon Stanton; Gaffing/Assistant for CHKD installation. Norfolk, VA.
2012-14 Nomadic Glass. Mobile Hot Shop Demonstration. Norfolk, VA.
2011-13 Tidewater Community College. Adjunct Faculty. Norfolk, VA.
2010-13 Tidewater Community College. Teaching Assistant & Hot shop Technician. Portsmouth, VA.
2011-13 Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Assistant & Technician Assistant. Norfolk, VA.
2011-13 Ryan Gothrup. Various locations in VA, NC, SC.
2011-13 Julia Rogers and Robin Rogers. Pole Turning/Assistant.Norfolk, VA.
2013 Pilchuck Glass School. Kitchen Coordinator. Stanwood, WA.
2012 Pilchuck Glass School. Kitchen Assistant. Stanwood, WA.
2011 Edward Francis. Various locations in VA, PA.
2010-13 Ryan Gothrup. Pole Turning/Assistant. Portsmouth,VA.
Exhibitions/ Artist Talks:
2019 Fresh Masters, Urban Glass. NY.
2018 Featured Artist. VIP Centerpieces for Pilchuck Live Auction. Seattle, WA.
2017 Guest Lecture. Salem Community College. Salem, NJ.
2017 Pilchuck Auction Preview Show. Pilchuck Gallery. Seattle, WA.
2017 Third Thursday, Savage Beauty. Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Norfolk,VA.
2017 Winnowers Exhibition. Tory Folliard Gallery; Milwaukee, WI.
2017 13 Artist Talking Separately. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Madison, WI.
2017 Breaking Barriers. Tidewater Community College; Portsmouth, VA.
2017 Mouthful of Diamonds. Solo MFA Show. Art Lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2017 Nasty Women Art Exhibition. The Knockdown Center; Maspeth, NY.
2016 Abjection. 7th Floor Gallery; Madison, WI.
2016 Lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2016 We Are All Pink on the Inside. Solo MA Exhibit. 7th Floor Gallery; Madison, WI.
2015 Amorphous Arrest. Art Lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2015 Motika. Art Lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2015 Pilchuck Auction Award Exhibition. Seattle, WA.
2015 Bi-annual Light Show. Children’s Museum; Madison, WI.
2015 Status Report. Art Lofts Gallery; Madison WI.
2015 Hip Pop. American Craft Council; St. Paul Indianapolis, MO.
2014 Separate Checks. Art lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2014 Found Out. Co-Curator. Art Lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2014 Glass and the Body. Art Lofts Gallery; Madison, WI.
2014 Mapping the Future. Portsmouth Gallery; Portsmouth, VA.
2013 Grey Matters. Suffolk, VA.
2013 James Renwick Alliance Glass Fashion Show. Washington D.C.
2013 This House is a Home. Solo Exhibit. Vestibule 102. Chrysler Glass Studio; Norfolk, VA.