My interest in glass began as a child sitting in church, when I became fascinated watching the sunbeams dance through the stained glass windows, as their beautiful colors played on the pews and floor. Many years later, I’m still transfixed by light shining through glass, which explains why transparent glass is so prevalent throughout most of my artwork.
I love the challenge of applying modern-day science and the technology of today’s equipment and kilns to reinterpret this centuries-old art form, many aspects of kiln-formed glass have stayed consistent throughout history. Every piece takes many hours and several kiln firings, with temperatures reaching as high as 1460°F this heating and cooling cycles typically lasting several days. I take great pride that each and every piece of art that I create is truly one-of-a-kind.
The beautiful coastal area that surrounds me in Florida inspires the many shapes and colors that I utilize in my work. Beautiful ocean waves, sparkling waters, sea life, and perfect blue skies are a constant inspiration. Often, I’m so motivated by an idea, I have to stop everything I’m doing and immediately go to my studio and begin creating. It’s an overwhelming feeling that comes over me that “I just have to do this now”!
My hope is that people look at my art with a curious mind wondering how each and every piece was created. My desire is that they see the beauty and mystery that I see in glass every day.
Dot Galfond is a contemporary fused glass artist who resides in Palm City, Florida. Since childhood, she has had her hands in some sort of art project; beginning with silversmithing, onto stage design, as well as computer graphic design and photography.
Her love of glass developed at a young age where she started a stained glass class which eventually led her to her true artistic passion - fused glass. She loves the technological challenge and the complexity of the medium. Heating glass to its molten form; the look of fluid, moving glass. This flowing movement is evident in her body of work.
Primarily self-taught, she has refined her skills and studied with some of the country’s foremost glass artists.
Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions and is represented by galleries on the east and west coasts of Florida and in many private collections throughout North America and Europe.
Dot spends most days in her studio doing what she loves. She constantly seeks to expand her artistic and technical perspectives. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her traveling with her husband, Mark.