Monday, September 18, 2006
Rees Bowen owns Firehaus and is a member of the Spiralglassinc group. At a recent sweltering summer open-studio show, he and apprentice Matt Hare created a 3-foot multi-colored platter in front of a (very hot) audience. Works vary from sculptures to light fixtures, platters with a dramatic variety of undulous curves and captivating color swirls. Bowen worked the glass with choreographed forceful attention as inorganic materials took on the organic form. Handblown glass is more captivating than two-dimensional pieces through its manipulation of ambient light and its evocation of the artist's influence on the physical properties of the medium.