Artist Statement

I love the way glass blends effortlessly into natural environments. Although blown glass is ultimately human artifice, its evolution is organic. The combination of sand and minerals with fire and human breath—inspiration—forms a fluid work of art that, I hope, reflects the beauty and simplicity of the natural world.

I work with molten soda-lime glass from a 2100 degree furnace, shaping it with heat, gravity, and a few simple tools that have changed little in close to 2000 years.

Blown glass is truly an ancient art. While the technology has improved since the Syrians invented the blowpipe, around 50 A.D., glassblowing tools and techniques have changed very little. It gives me the feeling that I’m connected to a tradition that, at first, supplied a very basic human need—the need for containers, for vessels. Glassblowers met that need and then took it further, evolving functional work to the level of art. I’d like to think of myself as a keeper of that tradition.

When I blow glass, I rely on efficiency and fluidity of movement to create simple, elegant, well-balanced pieces. My designs have evolved as my understanding of the glass has evolved—understanding how the glass holds heat, how it moves at different temperatures, and what it naturally wants to do.

Through glass, I am exploring my own relationship to the sea. I am fascinated by the way glass, like water, can reflect and often amplify ambient color, light and texture. My vessel and sculptural forms explore water's natural fluidity, its tendency to form bubbles, and the way it both accepts and defies containment.

I live and work in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

​Jennifer Nauck