The Limina series was made during my residency in the hot shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. Limina is Latin for “threshold” and indeed these works were that for me as I entered new territory in glass media for the first time. I was so fortunate to have a great team of experts led by Ben Cobb, head gaffer, assisting in the creation of twenty handblown vessels. These works took their aesthetic cues from the Patra Passage bowls and guided my decisions as I directed and worked with this knowledgeable hot shop team. The experience turned out to be so much fun! For each of these glass vessels, I made a corresponding painting that acts as its base, similar to the Patra bowls but much larger in scale. I found a surprising symbiosis between my familiar acquaintance with paint and these new works in glass. Whatever silent terror I had at the onset of dealing with a completely new media, it was quickly dispelled by the thrill and drama of working with fire and liquid glass. I’m reminded how important it is to have a beginner’s mind and to allow myself to just play.
Limina vessel (above), Patra vessel (below)