I started blowing glass about 35 year ago. It was a second career for me, and it became a passion from the moment I picked up a glass blowing pipe. I liked the heat, the fire, the furnace and the immediacy of the work.
Once a piece is started there is no setting it aside and coming back to it later. Obsess to long and the piece is lost. For me, it’s always been a labor of love. It is also a team activity, and difficult to do alone. I’ve work with the same people for almost as long as I’ve worked with molten glass. The camaraderie is one of the joys of the work. People watching the process sometimes say it’s like a choreographed dance.
Italian techniques have had a major influence on my work. I also love the Japanese esthetic, and have incorporated that influence into some of the work as well. There have been kanji vessels, obi cylinders and wabi sabi bowls to mention a few of the pieces.