by Andrew Page
This issue of Glass discusses the work of four female artists who hail from all over the world and aren't afraid to challenge systems, be they technical or political. Our cover article examines the practice of Hiromi Takizawa, whose explorations of distance, both literal and metaphorical, are fueled by her longing for her native Japan. An in-depth profile of Anjali Srinivasan demonstrates that she is a product of the unique Indian culture into which she was born, yet transcends any borders or orthodoxies of glass-making. We learn how Joyce J. Scott uses the translucence of glass to disarm viewers who reckon with her searing social critique only after they’ve been engaged by her intricate beadwork. And finally, Australian artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello turns the tables on cultural appropriation, harnessing traditional Italian techniques to the unique palette and traditional forms of Indigenous peoples. These extraordinary artists are testament to a wealth of new possibilities for the material as it is made available to the world rather than cordoned off from it.