I had long assumed that we are the product of our past, informed and bound by personal history and attendant memory. I now find it more logical to presume that we stand only in the present, loosely composed of impressions of our past and future. If this is so, then every moment offers the promise of a shift, an opening, the edge of something.


It’s thrilling to stand at the edge of something – both physically and metaphorically. There’s a zing to it. The world tilts. The prospect of change is palpable.


Indeed, it has always been the scintillating edges of things that have lured me forward, backward, sideways toward crazily disparate and wonderfully unexpected outcomes. Each consideration unfailingly leads to the next and this subtle conversation is, to me, what making is all about.


Catharine Newell was selected by Western Art & Architecture as “One to Watch,” was chosen five times by Corning Museum of Glass for the annual New Glass Review, and has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat. Newell’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee.