I find myself consumed by glassblowing for reasons other than its beautiful visual qualities. As a glass artist I am challenged to control and coax this molten material with every tool but my hands. For over a decade hot glass has continued to humble me, yet it is the most addictive medium I've ever gotten my hands on.
The skills learnt in the shop become life skills. They are lessons in commitment. Unlike other materials glass does not allow the artist to take a step back, put it aside and come back to it. Glass necessitates quick thinking and immediate action. It's an adrenaline rush.
I love the challenge of manipulating the material, but I also find beauty in the physical process- becoming a human lathe. Constant rotation of the pipe and shaping of the glass require absolute finesse.