Located in Scott Valley, California, Don Golden is an artist who works in glass, occasionally combining it with other materials such as leaves and photography to create innovative layered glasswork.
Don’s glassworks are really interesting. I especially like the ones where he uses a layered technique and embeds other materials within the glass. In his Fossil series, he creates pieces where fresh leaves of several different varieties are sandwiched between two layers of glass, creating a blurred, foggy effect that is reminiscent of an ancient fossil in amber.
Living in California, themes of surfing and marine life appear often in Don’s works. His coral series, which you can find on his website at www.goldenglassartstudios.com, is amazing! The glass itself is molded into shapes that look like coral, or even a splashing water droplet caught in freeze-frame. Like many of Don’s works, these have a practical function (as dishes,) but could easily be displayed as artworks.