Artist Statement

Patty Gray

My personal objective is to never stop learning, continue to experiment with glass and explore its possibilities without limiting myself to traditional methods.

I was an art student in college working primarily in clay when I was introduced to glass blowing in 1973. My husband and I built our first glass blowing studio in 1975. I began working with fusing glass in the early 80’s; there was not a lot of information available at that time so I did lots of experimenting. My husband and I have been producing architectural fused/cast glasswork for installations in major hotels, public buildings and private residences for over ten years. During this time I have had many opportunities to experiment and advance my creative ambitions with glass on personal projects.

I spent several years working with local elementary schools (artist in residence program) teaching and exploring projects for school/community. I found this experience very rewarding; the children’s enthusiasm and willingness to learn new things without a lot of preconceived ideas was refreshing. My favorite project while working with the children was a glass mural measuring 42”x 90” that is permanently installed in the Brier Public Library.

My work is included in numerous private and public collections and has been shown in galleries and exhibitions.

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updated 30Oct2002