Toland Sand

"Amethyst Construct", 2016

Toland Sand

"Amethyst Construct", 2016

Glass

7 x 11 x 8.50 in

"Curvilineations", 2017

Toland Sand

"Curvilineations", 2017

Glass

16 x 17 x 9 in

"Cycle Within", 2019

Toland Sand

"Cycle Within", 2019

Glass

10 x 10 x 10 in

"Flying Blue Bikes", 2019

Toland Sand

"Flying Blue Bikes", 2019

Glass

9 x 9 x 9 in

"Nautilus", 2019

Toland Sand

"Nautilus", 2019

Glass

7.75 x 10 x 4 in

"Portals", 2019

Toland Sand

"Portals", 2019

Glass

13 x 15 x 9 in

"Red Cones", 2016

Toland Sand

"Red Cones", 2016

Glass

9 x 9 x 7 in

"Triangulations Blues", 2019

Toland Sand

"Triangulations Blues", 2019

Glass

18 x 18 x 15 in

"Two Moons Murini", 2019

Toland Sand

"Two Moons Murini", 2019

Glass

10.50 x 7 x 4 in

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I think of myself as an artist who is enthusiastic about architecture, color, and light. As a curious guy with a degree in philosophy, I had no idea where this journey would take me when a friend of mind gave me his stained glass business in 1977. And so it's been an incredible exploration of all the qualities that make up glass as a medium. I've grown up artistically with what is called the modern glass movement. I've been inspired by my peers as well as by artists such as Isamu Noguchi, David Smith, Henry Moore, and Mark Rothko. I inhabit the symbolic, the cosmic, and the mystery. I love that images can come and go, are made bold, and then disappear; are reflective and then not. The energetic and mystical side comes from the teachings of my spiritual Master, Sant Kirpal Singh, by whose instructions I meditate every day in my personal effort to connect to and be receptive to the vibration of the mysteries. Calligraphy has always been attractive to me. Eastern ideograms. Greek letters. Arabic writing. So keeping those in mind I feel free to create my own symbols that at once have meaning in their elegance as graphics and at once maintaining the sense that language and lettering can lead one into other consciousness's and cultures; other ways of seeing things and their interconnectedness, that can be startling and fascinating. Two years in Taiwan as a child and five years in Athens, Greece as a teenager gave me the sense of otherness and the exploration thereof. How can one not be affected by marble ruins and hints of what life once was, by Greek lettering, the very language that allowed democracy to come to be, bringing with it a certain freedom; the very freedom that has allowed me to express my artistic vision for the past 35 years. Rice paper, gold and silver leaf, acrylic paints. Traditional and novel decorating avenues. These are the things that inspire me to keep up the exploration of what can be done in and with glass. The mainstay of my work is optical crystal, leaded and non-leaded, as well as dichroic coated glass, tinted adhesive, and acrylic paints. Everything is hand worked and shaped by hand. Then comes a process to bring out the brilliance of glass, with grinding in ever finer stages until polish is achieved. I look for balance, harmony, and symmetry, with an accent of deconstructed form. Each piece takes more or less six weeks to complete, starting with a drawing using large white paper ripped from a roll, pencil, ruler, and compass, in the traditional three views. It's exciting for me to see how the finished piece measures up to my concept, that begins with inspiration and an idea and ends up as a complex construction made more complex by reflection, refraction, and the dance of light and color in a three dimensional setting. I've lived and worked on four acres in very rural New Hampshire, a place of full seasons and rolling hills, in a studio I built in 1984. It does seem a bit contradictory to be creating contemporary sculpture in such a place, but in reality the sculptures are a reflection of my inner space and what grabs my attention. I could be doing them anywhere. Actually, I don't question exactly where they come from. It's the mystery. So I leave it at that and am grateful for this fantastic journey I've been on in my quest to make a living doing something I love. My wife Debbe is my partner in business and in life. Museum Collections: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art Chattanooga Museum of Art Collections and Commissions Aga Khan Foundation, Paris IBM Coca Cola UPS MacDonald's Many and varied world wide Exhibitions and Shows: "Innovative New Glass", Glassmasters, New York, 1982 "Glasscape I", on loan to the World Bank, Washington, DC l983 Group Show, Leighton Tracy Galley, Meredith, NH l985, l986 "National Glass Invitational", Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, l985, 1986 Three Man Opening Exhibition, Bank Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA l985 "Recent Works", Nancy Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH l985 Annual Awards for the NH Business Committee on the Arts, l986 Scent Bottle Invitational, Signature Gallery, Boston l986 Paperweight Show, Signature Gallery, Boston, l987 "Glass Invitational", Vesperman Gallery, Atlanta, l987 New Bedford Glass Museum Invitational, New Bedford, MA, l987 "Glass Invitational", Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, l987 Group Show, The Tomlinson Collection, Baltimore, l986 "New Work" (one man show), Christy Taylor Gallery, Boca Raton, l989, l990, l991, l992, l993 "Glass Invitational", Eileen Kremens Gallery, Fullerton, CA, l988-l992 "New Work" (one man show), The Rachael Collection, Aspen, l990, l992, l994, l996, l998, 2000, 2002 "New Work" (one man show), Kavesh Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, l992 "New Work" (one man show), Light Opera Gallery, San Francisco, 2002 "New Work" (one man show) Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, 2003, 2004, 2007 "New Work" (one man show) Brion Fine Arts, Jupiter, FL , 1996-2004 "New Work" (one man show), Pismo Gallery, Aspen, 2004 "New Work" (one man show), Stein Glass Gallery, Portland, ME, 2002- 2004 "Illuminations" (one man show), Pismo Gallery, Aspen, CO. 2009 "New Directions" (one man show), Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC 2011 "Explorations" (one man show) Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC 2015 "Evolutionary Visions" (one man show) Raven Gallery, Aspen, CO 2016 SOFA Chicago, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 SOFA New York, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 SOFA Santa Fe, 2009
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