This thesis is a conceptual look at the relationship between mankind and nature. Initially this was to be accomplished using blown glass forms in conjunction with fabricated or found objects such as tool or machine parts. This idea eventually evolved into the use of vessels and organic glass forms to achieve the same objectives. There are two major components of this thesis. The first section will explain the concept behind my thesis statement that is a relationship exists between man and nature. It will also be a vague outline showing the stages of thought that lead to me to my final pieces. The second section will explain the technical processes and what knowledge I gained from these processes. This thesis is an attempt to show the direct correlation and relationship between human life and nature. The balance between the human race and nature has been unequally weighted for many years throughout history. From the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to modern day technology, man has continued to exert its control over nature. Once we, the human race, became aware that we could benefit from controlling nature, we used it to further our needs. Today man kind is slowly becoming more aware of the loss of the very precious balance it once had with nature. Artists use their medium to arouse questions dealing with issues that they feel are important. As a glass blower, I chose glass to represent my viewpoint that there is a balance between man and nature. With this idea in mind, I tried to create pieces that addressed my overwhelming concern about this issue.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Glass art--Themes, motives; Glass art--Technique; Glass blowing and working
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Berg, Jason, "An Interaction in glass" (1995). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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