Internationally celebrated, Tony is one of the few Native glass artists, and possibly the only one who uses the hot-blown glass technique exclusively.
Although he attended prestigious non-Native art schools and worked with the great glass artist Dale Chihuly, 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 wonderful bear is hand-blown – not into a mold, but freehand. His fluid shape is abstract, but the pointy muzzle and little ears, as well as the gracefully massive bulk, are definitely bear-y.
The glass is clear, unadorned, except for a couple of tiny bubbles. Light shining through the various thicknesses of the sculpted glass refracts the surrounding colors or emphasizes the clarity of the glass.
A handsome, contemporary version of a traditional protection symbol, perfect to guard your home – with beauty – no matter what the decor.