Like most creative endeavors that base success on merit, showing natural talent is important – but having paid your dues is imperative. And with rising star Danielle Guthrie, that proving ground began nine years ago as a curious newcomer the day she bought a piece from established glass artist Sean Witschger. That actual piece ended up being featured in Northwest Leaf’s Glass Issue in 2017, bringing everything full circle for this emotionally invested woman … and her destiny into clear vision.
The visible passion of this young prodigy wasn’t lost on Witscgher at that initial interaction, who began mentoring her on spoon pipes, melting and other important elementary blowing techniques. With the ambition to learn more, she approached 7 Point Studios in Seattle and offered to trade work for classes which evolved into a bench space and the right kind of exposure.
Now, the drive that pushes Danielle to produce more quality work is the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with her own hands and the challenge of manipulating the element of glass into something from liquid form into solid form. “Each piece is more of a conversation between the glass and me, rather than me telling the glass what to do,” she explains. “The finished product is a response from the glass informing me of what it needs.”
This respect for the medium shines in her pieces – a relationship that we look forward to seeing evolve in the coming years.