self portrait

Riley Greenwood

BFA - hot glass

I mainly focus my work on form and color. Glass tends to have a mind of its own which is why I believe form to be so important. The ability to create a work of art with sharp lines and delicate features from a medium comparable to molten lava is a skill that takes years of intense practice to achieve. Although free form art is very interesting to me, I spend the majority of my time focusing on creating symmetrical functional vessels.

I get inspiration from many different areas of life, although I am mostly inspired by the artwork of my superiors from my research. Saying this, does not mean that I recreate the artist’s piece. I see a piece of famous artwork, and I attempt to create the same form or use the same color technique. Because the art of glassblowing began around the time of the Roman Empire, there really is no such thing as a new technique, so I try to emulate the great glassblowers of the past.

In all, glassblowing allows me to express myself and stay lively. The danger involved keeps me on my toes and keeps me coming back for more.






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