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.

                                                                           hsutherland1962@gmail.com

Education : 

 

 

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

 

Teaching Experience:

 

     

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   Gl@ss.Art 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.