Wyoming Arts Council

Thal Glass Studio

Contact: Laurie Thal

Wilson, WY

3D Visual Art & Installation Art


Phone | 307-690-2491

Web | http://www.thalglass.net

Email | thallaurie@gmail.com


Description:

As an artist, glass is the most seductive and alluring material. At 17, I embarked on a career as a ceramic artist at Alfred University. After a year working with clay I tried blowing glass and I fell in love with the art form. The spontaneity, heat, passion, and the focus of hand blowing glass drew me to it immediately. It demands quick creative work, and that suits my temperament and fuels my passion.

I thrive on the dance of precise movements between the glass blowing furnace, at 2400 F, the workbench, and the marver table. Heat and timing are critical, movements must be efficient, and require total concentration.

Blowing glass reflects how I live my life, with passion and gusto. I live in a stunningly beautiful environment, so my work reflects the richness and vibrant colors found in Wyoming. When people tell me that owning my work, having it in their homes, viewing it every day, using it, gives them joy, I’m fulfilled. If I can add to the beauty of their lives, then I have achieved my goal as an artist.

For forty-five years I have loved working with both molten glass and fusing colorful sheets of glass. I love working on large scale commissions with fused glass. Every day brings a new creative challenge, a new avenue of expression, a new opportunity to bring beauty and joy into the lives of others.

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