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Intro by Jennifer Levine
What can I even begin to say about this woman? Dina has become almost a myth for female glassblowers in Colorado. Not only in her personage, but also in the powerful female figures which define her work. Her background in dance and gymnastics has allowed her intimate knowledge of the human body. She imbues her glass with dynamism. The figures become dancers, frozen in space and exemplary of womanhood, grace and beauty. For the 11 yearsI’ve been a female glassblower in this state, people have asked me, “Do you know Dina?” Her reputation for quality and technical capability has been a call to arms for many in our community, and a role model for all females in our community. She is an artist’s artist. As a rule, form follows function when describing art. With Dina, she breaks the rules of form and function to create perfectly balanced sculptures. She is a creator, in the most classical sense. The art that comes out of Dina’s studio has never before existed nor could ever be replicated. As a person, Dina’s a firecracker! I thoroughly enjoy the heck out of her! I cannot explain what it is to be part of the glassblowing sisterhood; we’ve seen and heard it all. It’s a special breed of woman that gets called to blow glass. Aside from all the “cute” jokes about blowing, there are also power tools and heavy gas tanks and a healthy splash of machismo. One learns new definitions of what it is to be a woman, becoming a woman glassblower. There is something to be said about a woman that handles the most delicate of art forms one moment and gets grease under her nails working on an engine the next. It’s all in a day’s work; one learns to laugh, a lot. And, Dina personifies it all! Without further ado, here’s the gal behind the delicate dance, Dina Kalahar:
I am as small as a spec of sand and, my actions are as significant as the universe is. I was born in Cheyenne Wyoming. I make every moment a creative endeavour, and get paid for it. I grew up cradled and guided by the hands of the great spirit.
I imagine a plane of existence where all incarnations of the great spirit are at complete peace with in their hearts. My hero is any individual past present and future who has fought and overcome the obstacles of life as an artist; facing the overwhelming fear of true freedom mentally, spiritually, and creatively.
My body is my most valuable possession.
The best place to vacation is our quiet center,inside our hearts and soul.
If I could do anything I’d never have a complaint.
Favorite book: the tao te ching.
I think people are ever changing and always the same. I am inspired by flowers growing in desolate places. I wish I had absolute peace and connection of mind body spirit. I’m just so sick of complaining. I’m really excited about whats going to happen next. The best way to relax is to let go. My parents are my structure and my backbone.
Connect with me here: http://dinakalaharglass.wordpress.com/