Tim Chilina grew up in Tacoma, Washington. After graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 1991, he moved to Oregon where he currently lives and works as an artist.
His Experiences, peers, and his own aesthetic are the guides for his creative process. He relies on observation, experimentation, and persistence to acquire new skills to facilitate the evolution of his work. His background in chemistry has proven invaluable in understanding and influencing the physical nature and behavior of glass.
His work has been featured in-group and one-man shows in Oregon and Washington. His goal is to continue and explore the scientific and artistic attributes of glass as a sculptural form using innovative materials and techniques, thereby expanding the creative tools available to artists who work in this challenging and exciting medium.
The alteration of light is one of my favorite experiences; I am perpetually fascinated by materials that change light, particularly if color is involved. This has been the case since I can remember; working with glass and encaustic seems natural and reasonable. Glass is a highly intensive medium with respect to energy and materials; its long-term viability as an artistic medium is not economically sustainable with current technology. As an artist, I feel lucky to be alive at this particular point in human history, and privileged to work with the medium. I honor the material and the resources it consumes. My electric furnace uses about half the energy of my previous gas-fired one. I recycle my shards and seconds into other items as they can’t be easily re-used in blown pieces. I conserve resources by limiting my production time to a few months per year. Glass endures. Pieces of it have survived thousands of years. It never decays, disintegrates, or decomposes of its own accord; the color never fades. Its an exquisite insulator, lacks a crystalline structure, and is supremely brittle, delicate, and uncompressible. Ancient chemists struggled to create and understand it; the mirrors of Hubble use it to capture the light of the universe. I am a “self-taught” artist; I haven’t apprenticed with anyone famous, choosing to spend that effort working on my own ideas and learning in my own way. I’ve built most of my own equipment over the years. I work alone, without an assistant or team. I’ve exhibited at various art galleries around the country over the past 15 years. I grew up in a quiet suburb of Tacoma, Washington. After obtaining a degree in chemistry from Oregon State University, I moved to Portland, Oregon, where I currently live and work full time as an artist.