Can you tell us about your own unique technique?
It’s called bubak. I discovered it more than 20 years ago while searching for different ways of making sculptural glass forms without using glassblowing. I make my glass sculptures with easy and simple techniques but the final result is always an unexpected surprise.
How would you define what you do?
I feel confused about the term 'artisanal handicraft'. In reality, my objects, which are handmade from glass, are not actually usable; they don’t resolve any practical problem. It’s not a classic or a modern craft, and not really design either. This presents a question for all 'material art' artists.
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How do Latvian traditions inform your art?
My roots lie in Latvian cultural heritage. In Latvia we have stained glass traditions. Fused glass is a relatively new technique worldwide. It developed in the US thanks to the Studio Glass community in the 1960s. In Latvia, glass fusing became popular at the end of 1990s.
What advice would you give to budding young glass artists?
Glass is a special material which requires attention, joy and perseverance. You have to love it. You have to be mad for glass. It's always possible to make mistakes, especially when experimenting, but don’t be afraid – mistakes are just new possibilities.