Capable of Transforming

Blown and Sand Carved Glass

Photos by Russell Johnson.

The form of this work is based on a bear’s tooth. Teeth like these are often carved into little fetish or charms which can be worn. Usually they refer to a certain vision that a shaman would have, or help with connecting him with his spirit helpers, which are usually animals. I have chosen a human figure which is also a killer whale. The human figure has another head above it which is the Killer Whale. If you look on the back you can see the anatomy of the Killer Whale. The forms coming off the back of the human can also be seen as the rib bones of the animal. – Preston Singletary