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micah evans: glass sculpture storytelling

When he created the sculpture Braeburn (pictured below), glass artist Micah Evans drew upon inspiration from an apple tree in the back yard of the house he grew up in.



It reminded me of the apple tree that stood in the backyard of my childhood home, across the country from Evans. The sculpture doesn’t look like the scraggly apple tree that offered us little green apples, but parts of the story Micah tells about the sculpture resonated with me.

Art has the power to stir emotions – sometimes narrative from the artist helps.


Braeburn, detail

“This is the apple tree in the back yard of the house I grew up in. I was raised in a small farming town in Washington state surrounded by apple orchards. Small town communities are often close knit, conservative and simple. They are also dark, mysterious and inclusive. The security and shelter felt by those that live in these towns are often fractured and ugly at their core held together by fear and belief in God. I can’t decide why exactly I left, but I am glad I did.” 




Singer, detail

No narrative was needed to stir sweet emotions when I saw Singer (pictured above). I was immediately reminded of my mother at work on her Singer sewing machine, head bent toward the small light above the needle as she made clothes for her children.



Evans, currently an Artist in Residence at Penland School of Crafts, describes his work as being divided into two categories: Things he loves to make and things he HAS to make. He explains that the material drives the work he loves to make, because “I love to work with the material, therefore whatever I am making brings with it a genuine feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.”

And the work he MUST make? Many of you will relate easily to Evans’ explanation:

The work I can’t help but make are the ideas that won’t let me sleep, the ideas that have me drifting off in conversations to my own world of redesigning and problem solving.  It’s the repeated execution of the simple shape that seems to inhabit every page of my sketchbook at the time.  It’s exploring ideas over technique, and the struggles that come with that process. These two worlds often interact and I bounce back and forth constantly.

Micah Evans’ website

See more of Evans’ work on his Penland School of Crafts page


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mielle riggie’s cast glass dresses

Glass artist Mielle Riggie used the ancient pate de verre technique, packing granules of glass frit into a mold and then firing the mold, to create a collection of cast glass dresses. The results are ghostly, and each one looks like it has a story to tell. . .I want to know more.






“I form many of my castings with this technique because it allows me to carefully control the thickness of the casting and experiment with creating thin and lacey details. The pate de verre method I use also results in two different surfaces: a shiny reflective side, formed closer to the heat, and a matte surface which was formed against the walls of the mold.”

Mielle Riggie explains more about her process in this video.

The dresses shown here are a small part of the collection on Riggie’s website – in addition to cast glass leaves (lovely), branches, bees. . .and more.

Mielle Riggie’s website

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jan kransberger explores the female form

Drawn to the tactile qualities of cast glass, Jan Kransberger explores the female form, creating sculptures that express moments of joy, solace, contemplation, reminiscence and introspection.

jank_youcantellme You Can Tell Me
fine silver,plaster,clay

jank_somewherebetweenadreamSomewhere Between A Dream and Reality 
kiln cast crystal, pate de verre 
12 1/2″x9″ x3 1/2″

kiln cast crystal 


First Impressions
kiln cast crystal, sterling silver beads, plaster
17 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ x 3 1/4″


When Shadows Fall
kiln cast crystal, sterling silver
14″x7″x3 1/4″

 “The particular way light comes through the material is more interesting to me than the traditional beauty of the material and its glossy smooth surfaces. To me, the soft, velvety appearance of my work enhances the subtleties of mood I strive for.”

Jan Kransberger’s website

emily brock’s glass architectural scenes

Glass rooms. . .kind of like glass houses. . .don’t throw stones. Instead, raise a toast to Emily Brock. Her glass sculptures explore the interiors of diners, libraries, studios, offices and other rooms we occupy on a daily basis. 


 Studio Life15”H x 16.5”W x 17.5”D


 Studio Life, detail


 Studio Life, detail

The miniature rooms, created by fusing, slumping, casting and lampworking glass, beg the viewer to jump in so that we may experience the surroundings as its inhabitants do.


 Beverage Host


 Beverage Host, detail

Brock’s attention to detail is astonishing, showing us that it takes a great degree of skill and expertise to execute these detailed sculptures. She makes it easy for us to conjure up stories to go along with the scenes.


 Coffee Culture

I am intrigued by Brock’s description. . .such mystery: “In the constructed interior architectural scenes there usually is an object out of place or the feeling of a task left unfinished, part of the hidden lives we carry on.” Wonderful!


 Coffee Culture, detail


 Coffee Culture, detail

“I am inspired by our current culture, the places we visit or inhabit on a day to day basis. They are all of interest, the diners, the libraries, our homes, offices and even espresso cafes. In the constructed interior architectural scenes there usually is an object out of place or the feeling of a task left unfinished, part of the hidden lives we carry on. The viewing of a person in public carries with it a whole life we can only imagine. I like the mystery of the unfinished narrative. I am interested in the inclusion of the viewer in the story.” ~ Emily Brock


luke jacomb’s blown glass canoe paddles

Luke Jacomb’s blown glass canoe paddles might not be sea-worthy, but they are certainly see-worthy. The New Zealand artist learned his craft from his father glass artist John Croucher, one of the founders of Gaffer Glass.






In addition to these wonderful canoe paddles, Jacomb’s portfolio (and archives) features baskets, canoes, goblets, forks, and a variety of other cast and blown glass sculpture.








Luke Jacomb’s website

 About Chloe

Thank you so much. . .although I have not responded to everyone who commented on my post about Chloe (or the dozens of people who wrote to me privately) please know that your kind words, heartfelt thoughts and prayers lift me up. I miss her more than I can say. . .

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