Richard Parrish is the owner of and designer for Fusio Studio, a studio for kiln-formed glass in Bozeman, Montana. He is also an architect and owner of Studio Poiesis, an architectural design firm. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
Fusio Studio glass work includes architectural installations and design elements such as lighting, tiles and windows, freestanding and wall hung panels, and functional objects.
Kiln-formed glass, sometimes called fused glass, is done in a kiln much like a ceramics kiln. Sheet glass is cut and fit together, then fused to about 1500 degrees. Crushed and powdered glass, copper, glass threads, and other materials are sometimes introduced. Shaped pieces such as light fixtures are slumped over porcelain molds after fusing flat.
"My glass work explores texture and pattern, transparency and opacity, and depth in glass. My training and experience as an architect strongly influences the design of my glass pieces. As an artist and an architect, I find inspiration in both the human-made environment and in the vast landscape of the American west where I grew up. I am fascinated by the constructed and the natural, which I often express in my work. I find that it is critical to my existence to make things with my hands, using real materials. And, of course, glass is an architectural building material and art glass has a long history of integration into architecture."
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