In my work I try to express the dual nature of glass-
the sensuality and fluidity of hot glass and the cold,
hard and dangerous connotation of flat glass. In my
latest work I use stainless steel for table frames in
the same way; the cold, sterile connotation of the stainless
is contrasted with the energetic patterning on the surface.
The signature of my furniture has always been the broken
edge on some part of the flat glass. This tends to be
the ultimate in contradictions for me. People are drawn
to touch the edge because of the intense energy produced
by the refraction of light on the broken edge, even
though they know in the back of their minds that the
sharp edge could easily slice their fingers. I sand
and polish the edge for just this reason. It is the
same attraction we have to fire, seductive yet dangerous.
The final emphasis of my work is the idea that we should
look for the beauty and function of things that at first
glance might appear to be broken or imperfect. This
to me is a metaphor for being human. Our imperfection
and unpredictability is what makes us interesting.
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