I’ve been a fan of glass artist Kari Russell-Pool for several years. I wrote about her flame worked glass (and words) back in 2009 and have been following her career via social media since then.
The artist pulls her own canes and colors them with glass powders. Her most recent series, Simple Lines and Coloring Books, reminded me a follow up DAM post was long overdue – six years (almost to the day) is a long time between posts!
This series marks a new direction for the artist, who describes it as “Distilling down to line form and metaphor, and ultimately learning to get out of my own way.” Oh, yes. This. There’s a lesson for all of us in her words and approach. . .
Simple Lines and Coloring Books plays on “the contrasting ideas of the cage as confinement and refuge. As places for solitary confinement and sympathetic equanimity.” Oh, yes, this too. When I read her words I had to stop for a moment and wonder how she knew my story. . .
Work In Progress – these pieces are all GLASS!
Kari Russell-Pool’s website
Be sure to check out the Compassionate Cages series and the How It All Works page
Previous DAM post about Kari Russell-Pool
Thank You. . .
After my last post I received a small avalanche of private emails filled with your kind words and thoughts and I quickly realized that for those new to DAM the post might have made it seem like my mother passed away quite recently. I want to thank you for your support – every sweet word has been a comfort. My mother died in September 2014 and as I grieve her loss I also continue to work on fulfilling her final wishes. I needed to step away for awhile to finish the largest of those tasks but I’m back now, working on new ways to delight you. . .merci beaucoup.
From My Mother’s Garden series, photo Susan Lomuto