Vince's Artist Statement

While visiting Mexico as a teenager, I was intrigued by the art of the local glass blowers and inspired by the energy, the color, and the malleability of hot glass. A few years later I enrolled in blown glass and stained glass classes and have continued to work with glass as an artistic medium for the past 40 years.

I fabricate my jewelry using combinations of Argentium sterling silver, 14K gold, copper, brass, stained glass and fused glass stones in a variety of sizes and designs that include pins, pendants, earrings, bracelets, and sculptures. My technique has evolved over a period of 35 years of working with glass and metals and requires 15 distinct steps from start to finish. Most of my pieces feature dichroic glass stones that I produce by fusing layers of glass in a kiln, shaping the individual stones with saw and grinders and re-firing in the kiln to polish.

For my Mixed media, I use layers of colored glass that have been cut to shape and fused together with glass frit and fusible glass paints to create three dimensional components. The glass components are then back with wood supports and attached to my canvas covered wood backed panel and frame that have been pre-painted with acrylics and/or oil paints and sealed with five coats of varnish. Dichroic glass stones are sometimes added as accents to finish the piece.

I am inspired in all of my work by nature, life experiences and abstract design.