Glass behaves as a simple fluid when heated. It provides infinite possibility of shapes with limitless constraints. It induces all the elements of nature; wind, water, fire and earth. The challenge is to control the movement and expansion of the shape. I have a fluid philosophical approach to making my pieces and developing their shapes. My understanding of how to tame the elements and bring them into harmony and balance with each other really comes through as an individual statement in each piece. I approached glass blowing as a physical battle where the challenge was to get the piece finished. Blowing glass seems to dance on the end of the pipe with the colors shining and glowing as we blow and turn and shape and sculpt. My understanding of gravity and motion are constantly challenged both mentally and physically when working with glass. Mentally there is so much to focus on and keep in mind at one time, images of curves and color patterns along with the process to achieve them. Physically the glass moves the way it wants to, based on its heat, thickness, shape, and the speed and angle of rotation it’s being turned at. All these come into play and are used to inspire the philosophy behind my pieces.
Andy Rock is a local Artist that currently lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife, Kacy and his four kids; Colin, William, Addilyn and Freya. Andy blows glass at the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, in Minneapolis where he rents studio space. In 2001 he took a glass blowing course at Anoka Ramsey Community College but mostly he has taught himself and worked with other artist. He makes both decorative and functional pieces in a variety of colors and prices. In addition to glass blowing Andy has been working with ceramics since 1999, and has his ceramics studio set up in his home.