Glass artist, Jerre Davidson, a member of the Elora Fergus Studio Tour 2008, has been working diligently as an executive member of the studio tour committee this year. She is a glass artist working in kiln forming techniques. This shot of her is one where she is "combing" glass at 1660 degrees fahrenheit.
Jerre finds her inspiration from the layers and structure of the natural environment, fire, rock and water all hold her fascination. Particularly she finds the colour and beauty of the landscape, structure and rhythm of the towering rock formations and strata in Elora Gorge inform her work.
Her most recent work involves working with glass powders and frits to create imagery in glass panels, such as the ones posted here. In Jerre's words, "The Ontario landscape pulls at my senses and evokes a multitude of different emotions. Every relationship has a specific tempo. It could be slow and sensuous like the waves lapping the shore or harsh and staccato like an up thrusting rock formation. I use the fluid properties of hot glass to explore the various rhythms found in the natural world and how they are echoed within our relationships."
Plan to pay a visit to Jerre's glass studio and get the opportunity to see first hand the art of glass kiln forming during the studio tour, Sept. 27th & 28th and/or Oct. 4th and 5th, 10- 5 p.m.
How about yourselves, from where do you get your inspiration? What natural environmental formation gives you joy, inspiration and feeds your creativity? For me it is undoubtedly 'trees'....I love the way the branches reach out to the sky and the roots draw energy from deep within the belly of the earth ...The way trees flow into each other, sometimes mangled and narly, sometimes light and airy....Trees all around the world are magnificent and stand as a testimony of our great universal energy and the endless possibility of sustainable life.
Let me know your thoughts on what you find inspiring from our mother earth's creations, gifts and blessings....Any comment made with your name, will be entered into a free giveaway draw for a piece of my work ending Oct. 5th.