Teddie Hathaway is a glass artist whose studio is on a houseboat in Sausalito, California. Her work is informed by having lived in rural Idaho and small town Arizona as well as Washington DC, and having traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe.
Her calling as an artist is a departure from a distinctly left-brain career. With time off for child-rearing and the pursuit of an MBA, she worked in and for the offices of Members of Congress, most recently as the finance administrator handling the strategic budgeting for official activities and the execution and monitoring of those budgets. Sound like a likely prelude to art?
Teddie uses recycled glass in her kilnformed work because she believes the artwork becomes a reference to our shared environment. Her work has been exhibited in shows from the west coast (Washington state, California) to Philadelphia and other locations on the east coast (Maryland, Virginia, and DC), and internationally in Sweizel, Germany.
Teddie is a lifelong student as well as a student of life. She has studied various glass technique under many of the greats including David Alcalla, Miriam Di Fiore, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Carrie Iverson, Michael Janis, Catharine Newell, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers ... and the list goes on. In the Washington DC area she studied at the Washington Glass School, Weisser Glass Studio, Vitrum Studios, Craig Kraft Studio, DC Glassworks and Sculpture Studios, Glen Echo Art Glass Center, The Smithsonian Institute, and Art In Glass; in the San Francisco area at Bullseye Glass Company and the Crucible; and in Frauenau, Germany at Bild-Werk.
She has taught glass classes at Washington Glass School in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, The Crucible in Oakland, California, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, California, and Public Glass and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.
I am an artist, but I’m also an environmentalist, so to me, what I make art from is as important as the art I make.
My material is recycled glass from old window frames or demolition sites, or broken tempered glass from shower or patio doors (or even car windows). I often add scrap steel as structural support for the piece. Depending on the design I can add color using ground glass, pigment, or chemical oxides.
I use various processes in my work, but the common element is that the glass is kilnformed, meaning I place cold glass in a kiln where it is melted at temperatures as high as 1700 degrees so that I can “bend” the glass to my will. I find the transformation of the material challenging and believe the artwork becomes a reference to our shared environment.