Four words to describe your work:
Decorative Functional Art Glass
A native of Seattle, and daughter of an auctioneer, as a child Dehanna was surrounded by her father’s Tiffany glass collection and antique store. This early exposure to Glass and Art Nouveau has had a lasting influence on her artwork. While studying for a BFA in ceramics and a BA in art at the University of Washington, she visited Pratt Fine Arts Center and was able to watch glass being blown. She was immediately taken by the molten material and decided to branch out and study blown glass.
Twenty-Six years later, blown glass is the major material used in the execution of her art work. Incorporated are technical elements of hot glass sculpting and casting in her predominately blown forms. These skills allow her to add feet, handles, lip wraps and a variety of other elements while the vessel is hot changing its shape and sometimes its function. She uses intense contemporary colors and bold patterns as a design element expressing her unique sense of style and color application. This is created by layering many opaque and transparent colors separated by thin layers of clear, giving the color a depth and richness not seen in most blown forms.
I first gather molten glass from a 2150 degree furnace on a blow pipe and colorize each vessel with the raw elements that make color. My work is not painted, but colored glass manipulated while hot to form pattern. I use the transparency of glass to transmit and reflect light through the layers of color to increase the surface intensity while retaining the smooth glossy nature of blown glass. As I blow out the bubble and shape it to the desired form the color stretches with the vessel changing it as the thick bubble grows into a thin larger vessel.