Jay Houle

TALLAHASSEE, FL

I make kiln-fired glass vessels with needle felted elements, using a glass casting technique called p√Ęte de verre (paste of glass). The main thread that links all my work is the visual and physical perception of texture. My forms often lean one way and bulge in another hinting at the shape of the hands that would hold them, an influence of Inuit sculptor George Arlook. I use tactile processes and materials like molding clay, plaster, glass and felted wool to create pieces that have multiple surfaces and surface textures.
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