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“…The Beauty of Nature in Glass…”
“I work in the medium of glass and specialize in torchwork design and application. Using hand-pulled canes of glass made specifically for each design, and a hand-held oxy-propane torch, I melt and shape the tips of the glass canes and apply them to the glass form being created, to achieve the desired design. It is best described as ‘Painting with Glass.’ Most of my work incorporates this torchwork technique, whether it is the application of an eye, beak, or leaves and flower petals. After the decoration is complete, all of my work is hand shaped with wet newspaper. I like to get as close to the glass as possible and using newspaper allows me to feel how the glass is moving with my hand. Some of the pieces are shaped into animals, fruit, or paperweights; others are blown into various vessels. Design ideas come from friends, family and the beauty I see in Nature. When designing a piece, I try to allow the decoration or floral pattern dictate the form of the piece so as to provide harmony between the two. The torchwork process is intensive; all of my work is done ‘on the pipe’ and once started, demands concentration and attention to detail and form through to the end. My pieces vary in time-to-make, from five minutes to almost three hours.
After spending a combined twelve years at two renown glass studios, with unique, but very different styles of glassblowing, I returned home to New England and started Sherwin Art Glass to allow my own style and creativity to flourish. My goal is to bring the creative and technical aspects of torchwork design and application together with the freedom and elegance of hand-shaped forms to create harmonious, high quality, collectible pieces of glass art.
My newest work includes clear glass encased paperweights featuring bold, native florals over various backgrounds. I also make a ‘veiled’ series, hand-sculpted animals and birds, clear cased and surface-decorated egg-shaped weights, fruit sculpture, seasonally themed work, stemware, and a variety of commission projects.”
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