I had the good fortune to have the opportunity to represent Indiana and do quite a few custom pieces for the office of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The gifts were presented to foreign dignitaries on his trip to China.
This 17" diameter fused and slumped bowl was purchased by Governor Mitch Daniels' office to be presented as a gift to the World CEO of Honda upon the opening of the new Honda plant in Greensburg, IN.
In the colors of the state of Indiana, the blue and yellow hues grace this order of 15" custom art glass bowls.
This is a close up view of the glass layers in one of the bowls. The glass for each bowl is hand mixed, with no 2 alike. The glass is fused as many as 3 times in layers to create the blank that will be slumped into the bowl mold.
This selection of glass plates is another choice of giftware made in the colors of the State of Indiana in the summer of 2009. The glass is iridized cathedral colored glass with hand cut clear latticework glass fused on top, then slumped into plate molds.
This is a close up of the iridized colors on on of the blue glass plates that range through the blues and purple hues to the golds.
These Pinwheel Plates are an original design, with iridized blue glass capped with medium amber, keeping with the State of Indiana colors.
Governor Mitch Daniels exchanging gifts in China.
Governor Daniels took the pinwheel plates, large art glass bowls and lattice worked plates as gifts for the dignitaries and staff on his trip to China in 2009.
Hangzhou, China -- As Governor Mitch Daniels practices the East Asian ritual of gift-giving throughout his jobs mission through China and Japan, he is highlighting the work of Hoosier artists.
“I want our friends in China and Japan to know Indiana by our economic climate and the ease at which they can do business in our state, but I also want to leave them with a little piece of Indiana to remember us by,” said Daniels.
In Japan, Daniels is presenting company executives and government officials with framed photographs of Indiana’s natural habitats taken by photographers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. In China, the governor presented blue and gold glasswork created by Brownsburg artist Kris Anne White.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Indiana’s sister-state relationship with Tochigi Prefecture on Saturday, Daniels presented Tochigi Governor Tomikazu Fukuda with a cardinal, Indiana’s state bird, carved from a single piece of Indiana hardwood by Terre Haute sculptor Kenny Vermillion.
Vermillion has been sculpting professionally since 1983 and specializes in carving and painting small wildlife subjects. All of his sculptures are done in wood. White created her first glass mosaic at age 14 and has taught classes in stained glass window building and lamp making. Most of her current work concentrates on kiln-formed glass including functional glass bowls, plates and jewelry, and one-of-a-kind lamp work beads.
Some of the locations captured in the DNR photos include the Morton Arch at the Hayes Arboretum near Richmond, Lake Kickapoo at Shakamak State Park, Pine Bluff covered bridge near Bainbridge and Deam Lake outside of New Albany.
Gift-giving is important in Japanese and Chinese business protocol, and emphasis is placed on this ritual. The exchange usually occurs near the end of a meeting. Daniels has presented the glasswork to the top executive for each company or governmental body he has met with on the trip. Neckties or scarves in the state colors also are given to other officials who attend the meetings.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) purchased the gifts using private contributions from the IEDC Foundation. No state funds are used to pay for the state’s overseas jobs missions.