About Marian Fieldson
It’s hard to avoid lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. Fields of lava go on for miles; cascades, gullies, crevasses and hills of black swirls and waves poured out and frozen in fantastic arabesques. Volcanoes dominate the land; even the air is thick with haze from the constant eruptions still flowing out of the caldera. Glass artist Marian Fieldson creates some unusual glass pieces inspired by this liquid land. Actual molds of lava are made and transported back to her studio. There she fills them with shards, powders and threads of special glass. The many layers are heated in a kiln until they become liquid themselves and fuse together into a thick new sheet. The flat sheet is trimmed and polished and given a brushing of real gold highlights. This new piece is then slowly reheated and allowed to drape into a gently curved mold. After this last step, it’s documented and signed by the artist and sent out to galleries and collectors.
Marian had a vision of the kind of piece she wanted to make in 1989 when she moved to Hawaii and settled out in the Puna rainforest. The land her house is sitting on is only a few miles from the volcano. Lava outcroppings just steps from the door made great models for trial and error castings. The first successful plates were well received in local galleries and now she has expanded to collectors worldwide. Still working from a home studio, she is enthusiastic about creating more of these striking art glass pieces.