Toland Sand


Artist Statement

My connection with glass lies in its primordial, timeless nature and extraordinary properties. It beckons to me with its myriad possibilities. It is a chimera of forms yet to be, a huge spectrum of color, opacities, and light, waiting only for the opportunity to become real and to enchant. Magical sculptures in a magical medium.

Over the 30 years I have been working with glass there has never been a time when I have not been inspired to push forward into the unknown, the undone. I draw inspiration from the old and the new, from the familiar and the imagined. The unfolding and the exploration are the substance of it, the joy in it, like following a winding path to the top of a hill, hoping to find a great view or an ancient mystery.

“Innovative New Glass”, Glassmaster, New York, 1982
“Glasscape I”, on loan to the World Bank, Washington, DC 1983
Group Show, Leighton Tracy Galley, Meredith, NH l985, 1986
“National Glass Invitational”, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, 1985, 1986
Three Man Opening Exhibition, Bank Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA 1985
“Recent Works”, Nancy Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH 1985
Annual Awards for the NH Business Committee on the Arts, 1986
Scent Bottle Invitational, Signature Gallery, Boston 1986
Paperweight Show, Signature Gallery, Boston, 1987
“Glass Invitational”, Vesperman Gallery, Atlanta, 1987
New Bedford Glass Museum Invitational, New Bedford, MA, 1987
“Glass Invitational”, Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, 1987
Group Show, The Tomlinson Collection, Baltimore, 1986
“New Work” (one man show), Christy Taylor Gallery, Boca Raton, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
“Glass Invitational”, Eileen Kremens Gallery, Fullerton, CA, 1988-1992
“New Work” (one man show), The Rachael Collection, Aspen, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998,
       2000, 2002
“New Work” (one man show), Kavesh Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, 1992
“New Work” (one man show), Light Opera Gallery, San Francisco, 2002
“New Work” (one man show) Vespermann Gallery, Atlanta, 2003, 2004
“New Work” (one man show) Brion Fine Arts, Jupiter, FL, 1996-2004
“New Work” (one man show), Pismo Gallery, Aspen, 2004
“New Work” (one man show), Stein Glass Gallery, Portland, ME, 2002-2004
SOFA Chicago International Art Expo, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2009
SOFA New York International Art Expo, 2009
SOFA West: Santa Fe Art Expo, 2009
Wheaton Village Glass Weekend Art Fair, Millville, NJ, 2009
“New Work” (one man show), Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2010


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