Glass: Limina Vessels and Incunabula

The Limina series of handblown vessels was made during my residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.  Limina is Latin for "threshold" and indeed these works were that for me as I entered the unfamiliar territory of glass media for the first time. I was fortunate to have a great team of experts led by Ben Cobb, head gaffer, assisting in the creation of twenty of these vessels.  For each, I made a corresponding painting as its base which took visual cues from the surface achieved in glass. Working with the thrill and drama of fire and liquid glass reminded me how important it is to have a beginner's mind and to just play and explore.


The Incunabula series came into being through of the generous assistance of artist Stephen Klein and my continued interest in working with glass. What started as an opportunity to learn glass fusing, turned into a body of work titled Incunabula, a word that describes ancient manuscripts with mysterious origin and meaning. The format of these 24 pieces, each 13 x 7 inches, reference book pages. The imagery is derived from my paintings, particularly the Book of Commons series, and my many sketchbook notes.