Raven Skyriver of the Tlingit tribe honors the majesty of marine life from the Puget Sound with his magnificent blown glass sculptures—salmon, harbor seals, whales, sea lions and more.
Using paddles, pads, shears and other hand tools, he and his small team form the bodies of the sculptures while the glass is hot. Powders sifted on the glass give the animals their coloration. To create the shimmery scales inside the salmon, Skyriver places silver foil on the molten glass, then drizzles more clear glass on top. The foil breaks apart as it is shaped and bent, looking exactly like fish scales catching the light.
Skyriver is known for creating works that are unusually large for blown glass. Works of this size take about four or five hours to blow and sculpt, and most weigh between 15 and 40 pounds. The pieces are cooled over a few days, and can be sandblasted, etched, acid-bathed or ground when fully cold.
Artist: Raven Skyriver (Tlingit Tribe)
Raven Skyriver grew up on Lopez Island, Washington. His passion for the wildlife of Puget Sound stems from hiking, camping and playing in the natural surroundings of the region. Now 32 years old, he has learned from some of the most important glass artists on the scene: William Morris, Lino Tagliapietra, and instructors at the Pilchuck Glass School.
Raven Skyriver Solo Exhibition: Descent
July 3-31 at Stonington Gallery
125 South Jackson Street | Seattle, WA 98104 | Pioneer Square