I have been exploring the medium of glass in terms of form and colour this past year. My latest collection is inspired by my environment, living in a quiet neighbourhood surrounded by trees and pathways. As I walk through nature trails nearby with my curious dog, I am drawn to look up at the sky and admire its beauty. Walking in the trails close to home, I feel a sense of calmness and peacefulness come over me. Whether the sky be blue, grey, cloudy or dark I am reminded of the vastness of the universe and appreciate being in the moment.
Being outside in my surroundings gives me calmness and a clear mind, and the same is true for when I'm in the glassblowing studio. Being able to blow glass helps me stay in the present moment, focused on exactly what I am doing.
Glassblowing is a part of my daily life and I practice at least once or twice per week. When I start a piece I have decided on the colours and general form that I want to make. I work intuitively and follow my whims. The most satisfying part of glassblowing is seeing my improvement over time and when a piece comes together smoothly while I'm in the flow of working. Working with hot molten glass is complex, challenging, versatile, dangerous, exciting and rewarding all at the same time. This is what keeps me coming back to glass again and again.