Caleb Siegler is an artist based in Phoenix, Arizona focusing on three dimensional sculpture using primarily blown glass and metal.
My current body of work deals with the pursuit of balance in a busy world. Through my process I explore small windows into the human condition, how we are all too busy for our own good, and how art can be a meditation for calming the soul. Fire. The vehicle I steer to move glass into forms that otherwise, it simply would not go. Growing up in Scottsdale, I never thought I’d become a professional glassblower, but looking at the events that led to it from the perspective I now have, it all makes sense.
The first time I can recall seeing liquid hot glass come to life at the hands of a skilled artist was the same place so many of us remember seeing the molten dance: the Renaissance festival. I was in awe at the sheer fluidity of a material I was most familiar with being very fragile, as most ten year olds would be. The man was making hummingbird feeders, I will always recall.
Life happened, high school happened, but the interest in glass was always on the back burner. I’m not sure if I was too naïve to assess all the possible points of failure, or if I was on a higher plane, acting out of guided instinct. My junior year of high school, I scraped together every nickel I had and sweet talked my supportive but nervous parents into letting me set up a glass blowing studio in their laundry room. I was in business. More often than not, I pretended like my homework was done so I could blow glass. I tried to make a teacher a set of shot glasses. When Christmas came around, I pretended like I knew how to make ornaments. At Mother’s Day, I made all my aunts and grandma’s vases. By the time I saved enough money to take a class and get some real instruction, the teacher said I could be teaching it. My self-teaching had paid off. My skills continued to grow through school, and by the end of it, I was able to support myself full time by my art. It’s the only ‘job’ I’ve ever known, and I feel very fortunate about that.
Glass has taken me all around the west coast on collaborative road trips. It has given me the opportunity to share, as I am now a master level teacher at the same venue I took my first class. It has allowed me to keep searching for the limits of this ancient medium. Let’s just say, I have yet to find them. My name is Caleb Siegler, and I have a glass blowing addiction.