Inspired by botanical drawings, the artist etches images onto blown glass pieces by drawing them first on a masking material which are then cut by hand and sandblasted. The resulting frosted etchings on transparent glass give a dynamic effect depending on where the viewer stands in relation to the light.
This piece is the first in a series where I will be exploring images of grains and grasses. Images of wheat conjures thoughts of Thanksgiving, harvest, abundance, renewal. For me these images also remind me of the playfulness of childhood; pulling out stalks of grain by the roadside as you walk by, meticulously removing each grain one by one or all at once from the bottom to make a little starburst, lost in thought. Looking back, these simple actions strike me as a type of simple meditation or mindfulness. As an adult I have often found it difficult to find the peace to calm my anxious thoughts long enough to meditate or practice mindfulness. I have found that the focus involved in glassblowing and process and time involved in crafting a complicated hand cut stencil for sandblasting is very therapeutic and very satisfying. This piece revisits a simple childhood mindfulness by employing learned coping methods of adulthood.