Tony is one of the most celebrated of the few Native glass artists there are. His work is represented in museums, here, and abroad.
He was a colleague of Dale Chihuly, the internationally recognized grand master of blown art glass.
Tony created a hot-glass school in Taos, modeled after Chihuly’s famous Boat House studio in Tacoma, Washington.
It has already developed a new generation of prize-winning, Native glass artists.
Tony, himself, is one of a mere handful of Native glass artists, and one of the only ones who works only in the very difficult hot-blown glass technique, exclusively.
He marries this most contemporary medium with traditional subjects that reflect his culture.
Bears are revered for their superior strength, intelligence and survival skills. They therefore have protective qualities.
This virtuoso piece is a very bear-y bear, created at the end of a twirling glassblower’s rod.
The astonishing feat of skill and creativity is the baby bear, contained within the clear glass mother.
The striking, cream, gold, brown and near-black markings of the baby’s glass is a handsome contrast, within the icy-clear mother’s body.
Mama’s form, while somewhat abstract, is uncannily true to a real bear. You expect her to lumber off at any moment, heavy with her internal burden.
The finish is smooth, and rounded, practically begging to be caressed.
A powerful example of the supreme mastery of this difficult medium, by one of its premier practitioners, and beautiful, as well.
A major piece, by a renowned glass artist, this spectacular bear is ready to be proudly displayed, and cherished for generations.
(Unless you want to leave it to a museum!)