I have produced two runs of the “GlassEarth” this year. Just like any hand crafted product there is a substantial prep-work and development that goes into each piece. Since this line is still in it’s infancy every time I go into the studio there is growth. I learn a little bit more about my process, shapes, timing, detail. After grinding and polished my most recent run, and I must admit I am very happy with the direction things are going. Also during this last run I took the time to document the steps involved in the creation of these pieces. You too can check out the process here on the GlassEarth page.
The Trophy series is my most recent artistic endeavor. It all started when my friend Patrick Calhill and I were creating some glass pieces at his studio Area 253 Glassblowing in Tacoma. At the request of a patron we created a rudimentary deer skull. It came out so cool and interesting that I went into the studio myself to explore this concept. My goal was to create a variety of deer, elk & steer skulls in exceptionally blingy colors and decorations then re-imagine them as a Mod Pop hunting trophy.
Kelsey is a lovely marriage of aesthetics. The Heavy Metal look of this particular skull paired with a smashed audio receiving board became the perfect “Rock n’ Roll” statement. The decision to showcase the warped lines of the destroyed plate gives a humble nod to the varied history these items have had. Kelsey measures 8 x 11 x 6 inches and is currently available for purchase.
Transparent ruby sheathed in silver leaf, a classic and especially blingy look. Inspired by Venetian sculptural sensibilities exploiting a similar use of precious metals and striking colors. Ruby Deer Skull is approximately 8 in. wide and is the first from my Trophy Series to be completed with a display stand. As with many pieces of art the mounting and framing are often more involved than the creation of the artwork itself. This particular piece was recently donated to a fundraiser at Museum of Glass for my dear friend.
I wanted to produce an intimate sculptural piece that resonates with the cultural of the Pacific Northwest. Additionally I want this piece to be approachable to young collectors, keeping in line with today’s smaller more minimal aesthetic. This piece must be contemporary as well as timeless. Expertly crafted while embodying my personal design sensibility. Allow me to introduce your new Trophy. These are small intimate works that honors you the hunter, the hunter of style, the hunter of glam. No camo no guns no hiding in the brush in the rain waiting to kill something. This is a Trophy you can have for your own. Just unholster your checkbook and pull the trigger. -Oliver
Each of my Trophy skulls are approximately 8 inches in the largest dimension and are produced in an array of colors and designs. I employ silver leaf and striking powders on some and others I let the transparency of the class speak for itself. Each piece is available as a stand alone object or mounted on a stand or wall piece. Please contact me for pricing and availability.
Alpine Panel is a seven part installation comprised of cast glass elements that float just off the wall. The milky blue translucency allows light to flow through each piece illuminating an intimate composition of ferns and branches. These botanical vignettes are created through my signature casting process using locally sourced vegetation. Sterling silver accents and iridescent earth tones compliment the chilly glacial blues completing the work. The assembled composition ultimately forms a segmented alpine tree line with the ridge of Mt. Rainier in the distance evoking the same spatial dynamics of our grand North West landscape.
Alpine Panel is part of the Permanent Collection of Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma Washington
It is installed in the lobby on the fourth floor of the new Rainier Pavilion
I am influenced by the simplicity and natural elegance of Asian art. These sculptural works are my response to this aesthetic. The botanical decoration inside has been developed through my experiences and learning through my signature Cast Glass Vessel series. Although these works are not nearly as massive these stand approximately ten inches tall and feature a potent botanical composition encased within this thickness of glass. These intimate vignettes are composed from natural elements such as fern fronds, small branches and leaves. During the encasing process the organic matter is entirely vaporized by the heat of the glass leaving behind an ghost-like outline. The ephemeral imprint is brought to life with the addition of raw silver foil, metallic glass powders and reactive shards. Each of these sculptures is one of a kind and individually numbered.
Clearly: Glass as Sculpture at
Opening September 5 through November 15, 2015
Reception: September 10, 5:30-7 pm
Gallery Talk: September 10, 4 pm
In “Clearly: Glass as Sculpture”, the stage is set to explore a wide range of glass sculpture created by regional artists working in this medium. A few artists will be selected and recognized for their contributions by the director of the Fuller Craft Museum, Jonathan L. Fairbanks, who will also give a presentation on the history of glass. Informative demonstrations by participating artists on the various techniques used to create glass sculpture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition
The gallery talk will be held by Jonathan Fairbanks, director of Fuller Craft Museum. Fairbanks will be giving the Edmund L. Zachar Memorial Lecture.
This is a strong exhibition of contemporary glass, and I am thrilled to be showing alongside these artists. Additionally I am honored to accept the “Most Fitting to the Theme” award as presented by the Cape Cod Museum of Art. Thank you. -Oliver
The SkyPonds installation was part of the 2008 Centennial Celebration of the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. This collaboration between artists Joseph Miller and Oliver Doriss was a response to the unique aesthetic of this historic structure. The installation is a marriage of botanical properties and Tacoma’s tradition of glass making. The cloud forms balance each other symbolizing the delicate interaction of our own ecosystems. They participate in the daily cycles of the conservatory life, gentile condensations, rusting, growing, and evaporating. A closed little loop of life that mimics our own.
Of the original 8 mobiles 5 remain and are presently available for purchase if you’re that type. -Oliver & Joe
For more information on pricing contact Fulcrum Gallery.