Internationally celebrated, Tony is one of the 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 bear is a gorgeous, amber, honey-brown hue of translucent glass, when in front of a light.
Without a backlight, he appears to be a mellow, bark brown, with areas of soft, mossy green. Against the light, he is like a captured piece of the setting sun.
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, this bear will delight your eye and protect your home.