When you drop by the DIMENSIONS Exhibit, don’t forget to check out the colourful fused glass work of artist, Miriam Vanderhoff Silburt.
How long have you been creating? My love of glass began 35 years ago when I rescued several small stained glass windows from a building that was being demolished. I loved how the light played through the transparent glass. After years of exploring the stained glass medium, I transitioned to kiln formed or fused glass.
What inspires you to do what you do? Glass intrigues me. It is made of silica and sand, the most common elements of earth. It can be transformed from a solid to a liquid to a solid again just by the use of heat. I love glass because of its ability to reflect or transmit light.
Artist Statement Fused glass is a rare partnership of the artist’s intention and the transformational qualities of the kiln. Man and machine are creating together. Glass cries out to be touched and kiln formed glass offers opportunities to create texture, shape and flow in sculptural objects. My goal is to create objects that demonstrate the strength, fragility, and optical properties of fused glass that speak to everyone in a very personal way.