Michael Mikula looks to the built environment for its patterns, forms and details
to spark his imagination. Early to mid twentieth century structures most often attract his attention. Designers in this period utilized and celebrated ornament and craftsmanship and Michael is drawn to the optimistic nature of the era.
For more than two decades Michael has explored a process using multi-part graphite molds to reinterpret architecture in blown glass, highlighting the visual effects of positive and negative form in this transparent material. He calls the resulting body of work "Architectural Blown Glass".
Each mold is assembled with a jazz-like sense of improvisation from the artist's large and growing library of interchangeable parts that he hand carves. As a result, no two compositions are ever alike.