Continually experimenting with new designs and refining his techniques, Justin creates sculptural and functional pieces that emphasize depth, layers, light transference and the relationship between interiors and exteriors. Playing off of glass's natural tendencies, Justin tries to maintain a fluidity and grace throughout his work, making even physically heavy pieces appear visually light. Though at times influenced by classic forms he gives all of his pieces a contemporary touch.
Danielle Blade and Stephen Gartner combine their individual ideas, techniques, and experiences to create original works in glass. Their work reflects their mutual fascination with the vessels and sculptural objects revered in the rituals and ceremonies of both ancient and contemporary cultures. Techniques include traditional off hand blowing and sculpting, sand carving , polishing and some cold assembly.
Glass can fascinate by the ability to contain light and reverse plasticity. Optical transparency, translucency and inner glow, needless to say broad expressive potential and bottomless variety of forms arising from its fluidity leave not much to be desired. What may have seen as counter intuitive in the early days of my exploits, thick walls and absence of color gained acceptance through obsessive pursuit of the Form. Focus on Form has been so absorbing as to leave some unique qualities associated with glass, brilliant colors and shine especially, past the horizons of interest. Resulting objects are abstract, visually balanced, delineated by minimal representation of form and volumes. The use of negative space and precarious placement of pebbles imply visual tension. Frequently employed techniques are glass blowing, cutting, carving, sandblasting and spot polishing. Deeply rooted in sketching, ensuing exploration is direct, hands on in hot shop. Imagine, explore, refine. Repeat.
Patti and Dave Hegland
We are a husband and wife team known for our innovative designs, complex construction, and precise finishing of our art glass. Whether creating artful depictions of exo-planets, cultural narratives or abstracts, our acute attention to detail during each phase of the process is critical to a finished piece of our work. Our designs incorporate hundreds of multi-layered hand-pulled murrine individually placed within thin strips of clear, transparent or opaque glass placed on edge. Once formed, each piece is extensively cold-worked -- shaped, ground, sandblasted and polished to enhance the visual impact and feel of our finished vessels and sculpture.
Kiln formed glass with a focus on the functional. Made from hand pulled murrini, a traditional glass technique, reinterpreted in a modern context.