Accepting failure in the practice of glass kiln forming takes the work on new directions from the discoveries and hones character. Certainly patience. I’ve always been drawn towards fire and heat because of both its beauty and strength. A force to be reckoned with, which is why I also enjoy working metal to compliment some of my glass. Men just like being around fires. Early days as a child in North Eton was a treat to witness the annual burn off of the cane crops, images still burnt into my memories. Whenever a piece requires engagement in the kiln while still in its flowing state tickles the fancy. Getting to just understanding the medium is almost the whole journey. To hold a piece to light and to feel it is the rest. I love to think, create and work with hands. It’s good to have busy hands working towards something new. The semi finished blocks below represent commitment and faith, they are a side project and the concept evolved from trying to resemble thoughts for a piece four years ago, “Thinking Totem”. They were also produced for grouping into a piece in 2014 which I used to submit for entry into the last Ranamok Glass Prize. “Thoughts of a Madman” didn’t gain entry but it gave me invaluable experience.
My goal is to play. While on Nauru I was asked why we work so much. Point taken. So I guess I’m all about finding a way.