david willis

picking up what I'm putting down

blown, hot sculpted and assembled glass.

Made during residency at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA

A few notes about myself and my work are below:

I work mostly with glass, in a cross-disciplinary way, taking advantage of different studio processes as necessary. I find the material engaging in the many ways it can be used; as a pigment, building block, mirror or window, like tinker toys or a lump of clay… The way the material has the ability to shape shift allows and encourages me to do the same.

I operate from belief that people are all the same in terms of our basic needs and concerns. So my theory/hope is that if I can communicate about the things that are the most important to me, these things will be relevant to the viewer.

It is in my nature to see and talk about things literally. So when I think "most important" I start with air and water and food type thinking, the things that allow us to survive minute by minute and day to day. And then my family.
These environmental and social relationships, and my love of them, are the bedrock of my work.