Tony is perhaps the only major Native glass artist who creates exclusively in hot-blown glass, each piece formed at the end of a twirling rod. His work is in many private collections, and several museums.
After starting as a potter, then studying at a prestigious, non-Native art school, he assisted the great Dale Chihuly in his famed glass studio, in Pilchuk, Washington.
This piece is an organic form, representing a natural rock. It is new form of hot-blown art glass, by this pre-eminent Native artist.
Starting with clear glass, the dark and warm gold shapes that pattern the surface were added while the glass was still molten, on the blow rod. Tony calls these splotches “jimmies”!
The pattern and coloration of the jimmies appropriately resemble golden lichen on a rocky surface, but also remind me of pheasant feathers. Some of the jimmies are textured; some are iridescent.
With light coming through it, the rock glows like amber; without light, it turns a rich brown, with golden accents.
The surface is smooth, with a flat circle at the top. This is where the piece was attached to the rod.
This handsome art object can be of practical use, too: you can insert a decorative branch, or silk orchid, in the little hole in the center. Then you have a singular, fascinating display piece.
Innovative and intriguing in concept and form, this is a beautiful, distinguished piece of art glass by an internationally celebrated artist.