For the Birds

For the Birds

And the Band Played On

Glasscape - It Just Happened

Nanci Schrieber-Smith



Artist Statement

My glass assemblages are a celebration of my multidisciplinary explorations resulting in a new sculptural approach to working beyond the traditions of studio (hot) glass and beyond the traditions of glass as a functional craft.

The central material to my work is glass.  Found, “orphaned” glass. Glass that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Sheets of glass removed from discarded picture frames, glass dishes discarded to the thrift store or a garage sale because they are unmatched and unwanted. I choose these “orphans” intuitively not knowing if, when or how I will use them.  Initially the only conscious choice I made was to choose clear glass with its subtle, oxide-induced greens and blues, but as the work progresses the aspect of more expressive color is coming into play.

Like my adoption process, composing is an intuitive process of discovery. I manipulate and assemble these “orphans” until they become new forms or “families”.  These forms, once composed, often include additional found objects, materials or paint which is intended to layer the viewers interpretation, but quite often these resulting forms can indirectly reference monuments, architecture, totems, trophies, shrines, reliquaries, and sometimes just beautiful forms.

It is my intention for these artworks to give new purpose and new meaning to the debris of our civilization.