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How has his work influenced your own? "Mass, color, transparency, and perception were the vital aspects of DeWain’s work that I find most influential. How a piece is going to react to its environment, light, refraction, perception, and color is a real guessing game when you’re working with glass, and the discovery of a piece’s final realization can be a magical experience. I get so excited as a piece goes from a rough casting or a blown blank of glass to a realized object. As each successive layer is polished away and the perfect surface reveals itself, I feel — as I’m sure Valentine did — a sense of validation."