Internationally celebrated, Tony is one of only a few Native glass artists, and one of even fewer who use the hot-blown glass technique exclusively.
He attended prestigious non-Native art schools, and worked with the great glass artist Dale Chihuly, but Tony’s work always refers to his Pueblo roots.
Bears are a favorite subject. They are guardian animals, hunting fetishes, and protector figures.
Their power, intelligence, and survival skills have made them major totems for almost all tribes.
This smaller bear – a cub? – is a handsome, autumnal-hued fellow.
Across his back, is an area of solid, soft mossy green; without a back light, he seems a solid mixture of green and warm brown.
With light behind it, the bear is a beautiful, transparent, dark amber. He glows in a rich, transparent, maple-syrup brown.
Within the glass is a pattern of inky dark strokes that resemble the furry pelt of a bear, visible only when held to the light.
His fluid shape is abstract, but the pointy muzzle and little ears, as well as the gracefully massive bulk are definitely bear-like.
Luminously beautiful, by a recognized master, and very accessible, this little bear will delight your eye and protect your home.