Tom Dimond

After a gratifying teaching career which lasted nearly 40 years, I am currently nearing the end of my 1st year of retirement. My hot glass studio in Cove, Oregon is operational with fusing, casting, and a complete “off hand” glass blowing shop. The freedom of retirement is rewarding in many ways. Being free of academic commitments and responsibilities, my motivation and creative direction flow easily into a deeper sense of self-awareness with intensified respect for simpler, more natural expressions of beauty. It is a joy to continue to reside in the Grande Ronde Valley and be creatively influenced by the many beauties of the “great round”. Inspiration for my work is present everywhere, especially in the view I am fortunate to have from my home and studio as well as wilderness exploration I may engage in more frequently now. I perform this research under the guise of hunting and fishing trips. Some of my most rewarding experiences come from the contact I maintain with former students who continue to share with me their expertise and passion for making art. This sharing magnifies the rewards of my life spent in personal artistic expression and a quest for aesthetic insights.

Judd Koehn

“I am a thing maker.

I make things.

Some people want to see them and some people call them art.

The rest is all bullshit.”

Doug Kaigler

Artist’s Statement

For years now, I’ve been drawn to rivers.

I walk along them,

stand in them,

draw them,

fall in and for them,

read and write about them,

sit by them,

have my picture taken with them,

trudge through them,

introduce them to friends,

talk to them,

float on them,

drink and eat from them,

listen to them,

gaze into them,

sleep by and dream of them.

I recognize that I’m inclined to do all those things because the river is teaching me something… something about myself, my connections to others and where I fit in the larger systems of life.

These two recent pieces are an attempt to bring some of the river back into my studio with an aim to make objects that allude to and perhaps extend that learning process.  They represent a conscious effort on my part to become more aware of the confluences within my life.

Artist’s Biography

Doug Kaigler has been a producing sculptor and teacher for over 35 years His work is driven by an ongoing intrigue with personal and cultural icons and their potential narrative interplay. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Japan.