Dale W. Reiger was born in Seattle, Washington, but grew up in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington. Dale lived for short periods in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, but always returned to Seattle and lived there many years until moving to Whidbey Island in 2006. Dale graduated from Washington State University with a degree in English. Through poetry, fiction, play writing, and owning and operating two successful businesses, Dale finally arrived at abstract painting in 1991. He began working with glass, now his major focus, in 2005.
Dale has public art on display in California, Oregon and Washington. He has 4 large kilns with the biggest one capable of making a piece of glass almost 7 feet tall. Dale lives with his wife, Teri Jo Summer-Reiger, a well known clothing designer and fabric artist.
I’m experimenting with light, color, form and design unique to the use of glass as a sculptural material. Creating the physical presence of a glass light sculpture up to twelve feet tall is exciting and inspiring. Raising one up to stand taller than myself is humbling.
My style is both primitive and elegant. In design I use elementary shapes which translate into symbols. These symbols help to create a highly personalized iconography drawing on my artistic, spiritual and international background. I use color, including iridized and dichroic glass, as a language. Each color has its own code and texture and there is a dialogue between the harmony and dissonance of color. The bright luminosity of glass is often contrasted by dark transparent colors, which allows the light to penetrate, but not to reveal.
I’m also experimenting with that luminosity in different sculptural shapes and sizes, watching the light play from one side to the other in various sculptural forms. Using metal, both inside and outside the sculpture also increases the complexity and variation of form. It gives the flat glass panels more freedom to expand their perimeters and evolve into other shapes.. As my sculptures reflect bountiful light and color from their iridized surfaces during the day. At night, they emanate a much different more mystical light and color from their interior lighting.
Most of my glass work is cast. I have 4 large kilns, with the biggest one capable of making a single piece of glass 6’8” long. All of this glass is multi layered, fired up to four times, remaining in the kiln up to 2 weeks. Adding multiple layers gives the glass more depth and adds to the the grandeur and the mystery.