Heather Mettler has spent most of her life on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, growing up immersed in the flora, fauna, and ocean of the Kona coast. Kona is a magical place for her to call home, with its hapu’u ferns, wild ginger, coconut palms, dolphins, sea turtles, rustic lava fields, and exquisite birds.
Her fascination with glass began as a teenager working as an apprentice to an artist specializing in sandblasting. She expanded her skills at the Pilchuck Glass School where she studied mosaic design with Felice Nittolo. After learning casting and glass blowing, two techniques that greatly expanded her artistic expression, she graduated with my BFA in Glass from the University of Hawaii.
Working in glass for nearly twenty years, she is continuously inspired by its versatility, fluidity, and textural capabilities. She draws creative energy for her pieces by watching the changing water of the Pacific, which reminds her of the liquid potential of my medium. Glass, just like water, comes to life once it is suffused with light.
When working with a piece of glass, she wants to know what is hidden beneath the surface. She designs and sandblasts vessels that allow her to experiment with layers of texture and pattern. She etches each unique vessel, often envisioning a series centered on a common theme. Her love of Hawaiian plants and animals, the ocean, and Pacific island cultures plays into every piece she creates.