"Gloria to the Red White and Blue"
Sometimes the thing we are most afraid of is the thing we are most prepared to battle. After 12 years on the torch I am still humbled by the glass daily. Working in 105 degree heat on the 4th of July in 2015, caused me to realize that sometimes at the end of the day the effort you gave will serve you more than the outcome. And if your willing to look deep inside you will come to understand that the process is more valuable than any product. She might have fallen that day, but the next day was a new day, with a new opportunity. "Gloria to the Red White and Blue" was a collaboration with Justin and Colton from Funky Budda Glass in Spokane Washington. This piece was created during a charity event at West Coast Glass studio in Wenachee WA.
I spent a good portion of the spring of 2015 down in Austin Texas. I got to work with a glassblower by the name of Jay Masse who is known for his classy sherlock style.
April 2015 saw me in Austin Texas. I once again got to work with a dear friend of mine, a glassblower by the name of SALT. This is the second in a pair of Squidtress we made during my visit. This beautiful lady is adorned with Salt signature designs such as the soul window and rip curl stem.
"Miss Pistachio" is a collaboration between myself and Dan Coyle. This piece was made during our glass demonstrations at Cornerstone glass in Eugene Oregon during the DFO #7 in June 2015. Tubing prep work made by my uncle Sam Avalon. Photo by Jamie Zill.
The Ankh is the Hieroglyph for life itself. The great Queen Isis has always been depicted holding the ankh as a symbol of her eternal legacy, as her compassionate rule over Egypt has immortalized her in myth. "Queen Isis" is a collaboration between myself and Jason Burruss which we made in the spring of 2015 for the gallery show “Kings and Queens” by Jason Burruss and Annie Stardust, at the Oriental Theatre in Denver Colorado. This piece was constructed in Evergreen Colrado with all the wire work done by Jason Burruss.
Photo by Jamie Zill
Rainbow child represents a new study in color I started in 2014. Previously, my work was mostly of the solid black nature. Very few of my works from 2010-2014 used transparent colors, however in 2014 all the new colors on the market proved to be very inspiring. I fell in love with the way the glass reflects the light of these bright new hues. These colors reinvigorated a new energy within my work, forging a new brighter era for the years to come. Flowers made by Michael Svenson. Constructed in Evergreen CO.
2014 Photo by Jamie Zill.
I started making these twisty little sherlocks in the summer of 2015. These were the original four, with flowers made by Michael Svenson. Created in Evergreen Colorado.
I spent a good portion of the spring of 2015 down in Austin Texas. When I was there I got to work with a glassblower by the name of Snic.
"The Galactic Ginger Goddess"
Jolex came to visit my studio in the spring of 2015 and the "Galactic Ginger Goddess is what resulted. Our styles seemed to flow effortlessly together in this work proving that in the end, we are all just dreamers in an infinite universe. This piece was constructed in Evergreen Colorado.
Photo by Jamie Zill.
"The nestled Rose"
"The nestled Rose" happened when I got to work with one of my favorite glass artists John Kabuki. If you don't know about his work, and you want to know about OG glass you should follow this pioneer in the glass art world. All the trends we see now came out of work that was born by great artists breaking the rules of their day and they paved the way for all of us to do and share what we love. If you don't know where you came from, you'll never know where your going. Crated in Wenachee Washington July 2015, photo by John Kabuki.
The beautiful emerald city on the bay, also known as Seattle is one of my favorite cities in the United States. A Summer road trip in 2015 brought me to the Seattle school of Boro to do a collaboration with Tim Cruthers aka, Ease and Nate Dizzle. Some of the prep work in this piece was made as early as 2005. "Trappeasa" was featured in Ease's gallery show titled "Old School" At Piece of Mind Smoke Shop located in the U district of Seattle. July 2015.
Photo by Jamie Zill