I did want to mention that a few weekends ago I went with my friend MaryAnne to see an artist give a talk with the New Mexico Glass Alliance. The artist was Paul J. Nelson. To the left is one of his many amazing portraitures in glass...the face of George Orwell.
I found his talk about his concept-making very inspiring and invigorating. He talked about his influences from everything to wall street, the forms and funcions of tools, to authors and other glass-makers. He talked about wanting to lure something out of the viewers imagination with his pieces.
It bears mentioning that sometimes you need to listen to artists working in other art forms to see your art in new and exciting ways, to see how artists working in other mediums are using form, metaphor and symbols.
Unfortunately Paul J. Nelson has a very limited web presence and this George Orwell piece was the only thing I could find. Hopefully, more pieces will pop up on-line someday.