Lummi glass artist Dan Friday returns to the gallery with blown and hotsculpted works honoring and exploring the animal and plantlife of the Northwest, as well as the art-forms of his Native heritage. He has spent the last twenty years working for artists such as Dale Chihuly, Paul Marioni, Preston Singletary, and many others. He has taught at the Pilchuck School of Glass, and has had residencies at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and the Dream Community in Tai Pei, Taiwan. Friday is a recipient of the Discovery Fellowship through the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, and his work can be seen in galleries across the United States.
Friday grew up with revered Lummi weaver Fran James (1924-2013) as one of his Aunties, and he honors the Salish craft of cedar bark weaving with his series of blown mosaic baskets. To create these baskets he uses multiple techniques. For his Sweetgrass basket series he fumes silver across the surface of the glass, which changes the way light reflects off the glass. Mimicking the wide warp and weft of Coast Salish cedar bark baskets, Friday translates his Auntie’s legacy to a new medium and a new audience.