December 28, 2015

 Above: Rhythmic Circle. Rope, Thread, Plastic Flowers, Hot Sculpted Glass, by Sayaka Suzuki, 2013. 6-foot diameter.


When I visited the Bullseye Resource Center Portland to hear the artist Sayaka Suzuki talk about her work on December 13,  I had a notion of what was to come: a description of her process, accompanied by dramatic images of works in progress in the studio, along with finished pieces in a gallery—the usual. What I experienced was far different, and much deeper.


After living most of my life in the Southwest, I decided to move to the Pacific Northwest to b...

July 12, 2015

This new glass piece titled "Raven With a Berry" makes me very happy for several reasons. First, it blends some of my favorite subjects: glass and birds. Second, it features a raven, a creature that shares my environment here in Alaska. Third, it touches on an ancient Tlingit legend about how Raven stole the sun.


The Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska have numerous stories about the origins of the world, themselves, and the roles animals play in all things spiritual. Similar to the Coyote tales told by Native American tribes in the Southwest (where I lived before...

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