1997: "I have gravitated more and more towards a crafted sculpture, exploiting fully all my technical glass knowledge and fascination for the material. Using material and technique as form and metaphor, Swollen uses an inflated bubble stretched and pregnant looking. The smooth transparent form with no details, a simple bent bubble can be a first step in making a glass form and has come to represent the embryonic. The gesture of Swollen links to Retortion 1993, Apparatus 1993 and the Buds current work. The claw form is both vulnerable (an open receptive gesture) and aggressive. Hooks, claws and hand gestures can be seen in Arc, Alert and Grip (from 1993), Baby Chain and Baby Arm (1996). For me Swollen appears to be giving birth and being born at the same time. Establishing Transglass (1997), clearly a product based enterprise and a collaborative one has freed the sculpture. Any need to link to function or the vessel has gone.