Triognal Crystal Dimension 44” x 39” x 31” Finished piece shipped off to Schantz Gallery for show at Chesterwood for 3 months. here is the piece in place: Here is the statement I wrote for the show: Trigonal Crystal This piece is part of a new series exploring trigonal crystal systems (like quartz). As an artist, I am attracted to different manners of organic growth, customarily I utilize a glass hexagonal building block to create organic, flowing forms; in this case I am describing a six sided, hemimorphic crystal formation, inspired by my experience visiting Joshua Tree last fall. Within a framework of bronze plated steel each individual glass ‘Hollow Murrine’ unit is connected to the next only by the copper wire linking them together. The individual pieces are made by blowing colored glass into an hexagonal steel moId, cutting the tubing up and fire polishing it in a kiln. In my application of the units to the metal framework, I placed the color of the desert sky onto the form of the quartz crystal in a wash of opaque white ranging to intense transparent blue.
Finished Finally at 80 hours of weaving! A 2 minute recording I made for ArtPrize about Cascade 8/3/13 My Name is Kait Rhoads, I live and work in Seattle WA and the name of my piece is Cascade. The form is meant to illustrate the way I release my sadness and sorrow surrounding the loss of the last of my living grandparents. Surrender is difficult for all of us, and the anticipation of death a constant reality of life. I see in their preparation to let go of this mortal coil the inevitability of my own participation in the same form of release. Will I be able to surrender gracefully and in a timely manner or will I cling to life until a bitter end? The form is constructed from many hexagonal shaped blown glass tubes or Hollow Murrine. I make the tubing in the hotshop by blowing colored bubbles into a series of hexagonal steel molds, after they are annealed I then cut them into slices and fire polish them in a kiln so that the tubing becomes conical. You can click on this link to see a video of the process if you like […]
Salutations! I am currently teaching for the fall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Of course this is exciting for me as I am an island girl – although much removed in my adult years – it is really good to be close to the water again! here is a blog post about my teaching here at UH – check it out! and an announcement for a lecture that I will be giving this Monday at the Linekona Arts Center.