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When did you know you wanted to do something creative, and how did you get started in your current practice?
I've always had creative pursuits and never imagined a future without them. In high school I always took extra art classes which led me to visit Italy on a spring break trip where I saw glassblowing done for the first time.
How would you summarize your approach to your work and your materials?
My entire studio practice is centered around color and playing. Glass is a very forgiving and very difficult medium, I like to go with the flow of each new product I'm making to make sure I'm not making anything more difficult than I need to while also making sure I'm not compromising the aesthetics.
What’s the hardest thing about working with your hands, and what’s the most gratifying?
The hardest part is the dependence on one part of your body to always function properly in order to keep making, the most gratifying is having a physical object at the end to show for it.
Did you ever have an epic fail, and what did you learn from it?
I've had many along the way but I'm constantly learning to adapt and adjust.
What’s been inspiring you lately?
Nature!! I've always been incredibly inspired by spending time in greenhouses, at the beach and walking around collecting wildflowers.
What’s a typical day like in your studio?
Very busy! and hot! It takes about an hour for everything to get to temperature once I've arrived so I do some prep, meditation and planning for the day/days ahead.
What’s your studio like itself? And what are your favorite objects in the studio?
My studio is a co-op that I work at with a bunch of other wonderful people in an old factory building. My favorite objects are the pieces of art I have from my friends around the space and some sculptural parade pieces we have hiding throughout.
What’s your smoking ritual?
I'm a daily smoker, I vaporize and use tinctures during the day and use glass pipes I've made or gotten from other makers when I get home for the evening.
Tell us what you love about the piece you’ve made for Tetra.
I love the colors and the shape! These are some of my favorite functional pieces I've made yet!
PHOTOS BY KORY GASSER
Sat Jul 31, 2021
Under the Influence: Britt Hawkes of Sea + Pattern
Tue Jun 29, 2021