Title: Triangular Sphere 17-52
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Paul and Anastasia "Stacy" Polydoran. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2005.373
"In the Stone Vessel series I try to create a tranquil mood through simplicity while still building tension. The exterior of the glass forms resemble stone, and the tension is created by placing saw cuts in the sides and shearing off the tops, revealing the colors and layers of the glass body. The cuts are carefully placed according to the shadows of light they cast. The cuts also seem like scars left by the hotworking and coldworking processes. They deny the traditional role of glass as containers, capable only of holding fluids. The real purpose of these pieces is visual stimulus and experience."
Curtis Brock received his Bachelor of Arts in 1984 from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and his Masters of Fine Art in 1994 from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Brock was a studio coordinator and faculty member at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle from 1985 to 1996. He is currently an assistant professor and department head for the Glass Program at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee.