David Wight grew up in Bellingham, Washington. He always believed that life was too short to do something he didn’t love and searched for something that inspired him. An open house for a glass shop caught his attention and when he arrived at he couldn’t take his eyes off the glass. He immediately fell in love with the amorphous solid at two thousand molten degrees and the way it flowed, like water.
“Looking back, my first steps toward a life working with glass were in 1994 in a Caribbean rainforest. I had hiked up a small hill toward the sound of moving water. Before me stood a waterfall, a hundred feet high, descending through the forest, ferns, and cliffs. It was a cascade from a painted dream, and I was mesmerized. I watched how the water began to gather in the river above and break apart into segments as it fell, before collecting into a perfect pool below. As I walked away, the sound fading, my mind and body felt relaxed with a calm I had never experienced before.”
Water had been the source of David’s most profound life experiences and that day by the waterfall he found his inspiration. It was only after his experience at the glass house that he knew, glass was the only material with the power to capture the movement of water.
David studied at the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, Washington and began making fountains in an attempt to capture the moving water. His pieces were artistically beautiful however David wanted to create a solid sculpture that embodied the essence and movement of water not just a vessel. David began to utilize ancient Italian tools along with tools he created to achieve the style of glass-work he envisioned.
David finds inspiration in the beauty of the Cascade Mountains, San Juan Islands and the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves. Creating each piece by hand David is constantly challenged by the molten medium of hot glass. He strives to freeze a moment, capture the beauty, grace and power of water in its most dynamic form: The Wave.