Art - Glass - Tommie Rush


I want my work to convey the human touch and a link with nature. I work in the vessel format because I enjoy designing and using well-made functional objects. There are many considerations that come into play when I start to work on a new series such as the color palette I will use, the interplay of form and the surface treatment and ultimately how the object will be used."

I feel we live in a world that is becoming less personal and I view my objects as a link to something hand made and very individual and personal. I want my pieces to be held, touched and used to make the everyday more enjoyable. The pieces of course stand on their own as objects. I also have to confess to the fact that I am an avid gardener, especially of flowers, and I am selfishly on a quest for the perfect vase for every flower.

Each piece that I make is unique, no molds or preformed parts are used, and I feel it imparts to each vessel an individualistic feel. It is a combination of imaging, teamwork, skill of execution and many hours spent developing a vocabulary with my medium that enables each piece to appear effortless.

Tommie Rush lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned her BFA at the University of Tennessee and has studied at the Arrowmont School of Crafts. Her work is included in the collections of the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama; the Sheldon Art Museum and Sculpture garden in Lincoln, Nebraska: and Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., among others.




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