By Hokanson and Dix–http://boarglass.com
I could go on and on about our visit to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. I’ve become increasingly obsessed with glass, and Tacoma is an epicenter–home of Chihuly. There is a bridge of glass objects across the highway, and a train station turned courthouse hung with Chihuly installations that pretty much defy my descriptive powers–think living coral reef hung in midair in a neoclassical dome.
But I did want to show you GLIMMERING GONE: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman, a clear glass collaboration between two women.
Remember in the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses?” How they go down a trap door to three underworld woods–silver, gold, and finally crystal? I think I found that third magical forest.
I once heard an early member of the American crafts movement say that there were people who had started out as potters who longed to be something else but didn’t know what it was. They’d polish their pottery to a higher and higher sheen, until one day they discovered glass blowing and simply dropped clay to work in that enticing medium that depends so much on light.
Ramson Lomatewama is a Hopi carver of katchina dolls, as well as a poet. But he also works in glass. I was entranced by his “Spirit Guardians” faceless figures formed of color swirled glass. There are female figures with traditional hairstyles (black hair in a bun over each ear) and more ambiguous masculine ones, that seem to loom up out of the ground like certain carved figures. They aren’t very large–the right size to put on a desk–but they have a lot of authority. Even before I knew their title I knew they were denizens of of a world that might be nearby but that wasn’t exactly this one.
At Bahti Indian Arts, Tucson and Santa Fe. http://www.bahti.com