Week 2: Artist Interview

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“Such an everyday object that has been so important throughout history.” – Shelley, discussing his medium, glass bottles

When I talked with Mac, he pointed out some interesting things that I would never have noticed. First off he led me over to one of his pieces and asked if I saw anything different about it. I took a while to look it over and offered a few guesses, then he pointed out a small white rectangle on the surface and asked, “what do you think that is.” I had no idea. I turned out to be a label from a coke bottle. He described how awesome it was that in all of the randomness and chaos of his process, that one of the few pieces with a label on it happened to find its way to the outer surface to be seen in the final product.

“It’s intriguing to think about the story of each individual piece.”

There were a few pieces very similar to this one, maybe even cut from the same source. What I found puzzling about these pieces is the dark green, almost black, glass that is oozing from the cracks. I didn’t get a chance to ask Maccabee about it, but I can only assume that these areas were not completely cooled when this section was cut. To me this occurrence is interesting as it would seem impossible to manufacture this willfully. How would one monitor the internal temperature of a solid piece of glass? What made these sections different from the surrounding glass? These are the questions that kept me staring into this amalgamation, pondering the process that led to its unique features.

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This is another piece that was quite unique. I seemed to mimic, in its colors and form, a slab of cracked ice. The shards of glass looked like pieces of a broken up sheet of ice.

IMG_4739Maccabee finished of our talk by saying that CSULB is “probably the most exciting place on the west coast for ceramics.” After seeing his amazing work, I would definitely agree.