Learn About Spearfishing Omilu Ulua, an Artist in Residence in the Surface Gallery at the Spalding House, Honolulu Museum of Art! Click on the link to learn more and visit the interactive glass and multimedia installation until February 21!
Spearfishing Omilu Ulua
Ted Clark specializes in Sculptural and FUNctional Glass using blown and solid working processes in the hot and cold glass studios. Clark created Glass Arts Association of Hawaii, a non profit glass organization which operates a studio, school, makers’ space, and events center here on Oahu, evolved from Taonga Glass. which is a public access glass studio, school, and event center, and also creates glass found in galleries nationwide. Clark’s glass work has been collected internationally and received awards in juried competitions nationally and locally. Clark’s glass has published in national magazines, local newspapers, and national and international books. Clark started with glass in 1997. Clark later graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2004 with two degrees, a Bachelor of the Arts in Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology. Clark has written and published articles in the art and science fields. Clark has learned glass from masters around the world in work and education settings, glass factories, and art school systems during his career. Clark’s goal with glass is to create objects that affect people lives, whether it be teaching the ecological systems of our reefs or the importance of a daily “glass” of water. Historical and cultural aspects of glass, society, and functionality are all issues in every creation of glass by Edward Clark. Clark continues the history of over five thousands of years of glassmaking, older than our written word, and teaches people about the importance of glass to culture. Melting precious elements from around the world while sculpting with light through glass, Clark’s creations become a unique perspective of our daily life around us.
“As an artist I combine my love of glass with the everyday environment around. My daily goal is to educate those around me, showing processes of glass that have been part of society for ages, while producing ecological situations that we can learn from through glass sculpture. I intend to bring the marine ecosystems into peoples every day lives, through creating glass sculptures and vessels for people to interact with. Some days I find myself sculpting a school of millet seed butterflies hiding in corals occupying the stems of a set of wine glasses. Other days I find myself sculpting cleaner wrasse and surgeonfishes eating algae and parasites off large sea turtles, talking about reef cleaning stations for marine health. In the past showcasing these ecological situations to highlight my favorite animals, corals, and the reefs they produce as well as endemic situations and symbiotic relationships. Spearfishing has recently saved my life, while it also feeds my family, so I have been dedicating the last year and a half to producing sculptures that embody the acts of spearfishing diner and the culture behind the hunt. ‘Daily Catch’ is a body of work I started, based on what fish find their way on the end of my spear that day, later on the end of my glass punty to sculpt the specific fish. I use my sculpture as a tool to educate people about the environment, cultural awareness, for answers to things such as why we ask for a ‘glass of water’. As an artist every day I strive to create a better future, and find the best way to do that to the world wide community is through making glass and creating dialogues in communities for people to evolve.”