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raven skyriver: blown glass

It feels good to be posting here on DAM again. While not quite ‘daily’ yet, I’m making good progress in that direction! Many thanks to all who wrote with kind words and lovely sentiments welcoming me back home. Today let’s take a look at Raven Skyriver, who has been blowing glass since he was 16 years old – just about half of his life.



Pup, detail

Pup, detail

After Lark Dalton taught him to build his own equipment and trained him in the Venetian technique, Skyriver went to work on the Wiliam Morris team for seven years, learning to create sculptural glass.  Raised on an island, his depictions of marine life honor the sea life that surrounded him during his childhood. A touching tribute to a childhood well spent.





Spring Run

Spring Run

Raven Skyriver at work

Skyriver at work

These images of Skyriver at work give you a sense of scale of his work. Hot stuff.

Raven Skyriver’s website


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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