Artist Statement

I utilize the medium of glass to translate the breath-taking grandeur and delicate fragility of the natural world into a unique sculptural interpretation. The intricate structure of living things and how they thrive in harmony with each other is explored in my reflection of orchids and other botanical studies.

The astounding variety within the orchid family provides endless opportunities for artistic expression with their vibrancy of color and elegance of form. The necessity of the blooms to bond with a strong, stable host – an interdependence that nurtures and sustains both is a metaphor of the human condition in its tenuous and essential relationship with the earth.

Within each work, glass is used like paint to achieve depth of color. The material’s inherent ability to transmit and reflect light, as well as its variations from transparency to opacity, lends itself perfectly to achieve desired textures and surfaces.

By combining new techniques with traditional glass-blowing skills, and a passionate attention to form and detail, these pieces express my vision of an exotic environment; one that is rooted in reality but springs from the imagination.

These works are a both personal meditation on the glorious wonder of nature, as well as a celebration of its power and mystery.

Debora Moore, 2012


Debora Moore, American born 1960

Professional Experience

1994-present Fiori Studio, owner, Seattle, WA

2015 Nijima International Glass Art Festival, artist - in - residence

2008-2011 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA, Board of Trustees

2005 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, artist-in-residence

Abate Zanetti, Murano, Italy, first female artist-in-residence

2004 Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, visiting artist

2001 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, instructor

1995 - 1997 Hilltop Artist-in-Residence Program, Tacoma, WA, instructor Stanwood, WA,
Scholarship student (also 1992,1990)

1992 – 1994 Glass Eye Studio, Seattle, glassblower

1992 – 1993 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, instructor

1992 Chihuly, Inc., Seattle, glassblower/assistant

1990 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Student


2014                 New Britain Museum of American Art, permanent collection, New Britain, CT

2012                 Crocker Art Museum, permanent collection, Sacramento, CA

                         Chrysler Museum of Art, permanent collection, Norfolk, VA

2008                 American Style Award, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2007                 Rakow Commission, The Corning Museum of Glass, Permanent Collection, NY 

                         35th International Glass Invitational, Critics Award, Royal Oak, MI

                         Corning Museum of Glass, Meet The Artist Podcast, Corning, NY

2005                 Tacoma Museum of Glass, - Artist in Residence, Tacoma WA
                         Neues Glas, Winter 2005, Artist Portrait Article

                         Abate Zanetti - Artist in Residence, Murano Venezia Italy

2004                 Muskegon Museum of Art - Permanent collection, Muskegon, MI

                         Harbourfront Centre, Flora - the ubiquity of nature, Visiting Artist, Toronto Canada

2002                 Philander Smith College, Donald W. Reynolds Library & Technology Center,
Permanent Collection, Little Rock, Arkansas

2001                 Jon and Mary Shirley Collection, Seattle, WA

1990, '92, '95   Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1998                 African American Design Archive, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019                 Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2017                 Museum of Northwest Art, La Connor, WA

2015                 Debora Moore: Glass Orchidarium, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle

2012                 Orchidilerium, Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach, Florida

                Collectanea Botanica – Orchidaceae, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

Works by Debora Moore, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

2010                 Orchidaceae, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008                 Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, Florida (also 2003)

2006                 Orchidaceae, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York

2005                 Reflections on Nature, Museum of Glass, Tacoma

2004                 Glass By, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan

2002                 Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

                Foster/White Gallery, Kirkland, WA

1999                 Pismo Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017                 3rd Annual International Glass Event, Ringling Creative Art Center, Sarasota, FL

Women in Glass, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2016                 Naples Collects, Baker Museum, Naples, Florida

                Matched Makers: Northwest Artist Couples, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

Fragile Legacy, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, NY

41st International Invitational, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

Hot Spot, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

2015                 SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2014                 SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2013                 SOFA Chicago, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2012                 Fifty by Fifty: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

Evolution/Revolution: 50 Years of American Studio Glass, Naples Art Museum, FL

Liberty in Bloom, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

                50 Years of Studio Glass, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KT

                International Invitational Annual, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
(also 2011,2009,2007,2001-2005)

2011                 Convergence Zone, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA

                Glass Quake 2011, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

                Seattle Reigns, Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010                Flora – The Botanical Experience, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark

2009               9th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

                All in the Family, Suffolk Center, Virginia

                Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden

2008               Glorious Glass: Translucent and Opaque, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

2006              Fresh! Contemporary Take on Nature and Allegory, Museum of Glass, Tacoma

2005              Palm Beach 3, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2004               World Glass Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA

              Garden of Glass, Tobin Hewitt Gallery, Louisville, KT

            Glass by Debora and Benjamin Moore, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI

              Fragile Nature, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI

2003               Glorious Glass: Color & Form, SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA

              Art Palm Beach 2003, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, FL

2001               Winter Orchidarium, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2000               Glass: A Celebration, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

              The Artistry of Orchids, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C

1999               Timeless Garden – Glass in Bloom, Chappell Gallery, Boston, MA

1998               Languages of Flowers, Gump’s, San Francisco, CA

Professional Travels

Argentina         Grenada          Antarctica          Denmark          France           Germany          Jamaica
Mexico             Turkey              Greece            Hong Kong       Scotland        Puerto Rico      Czech Republic
Japan               Thailand           Italy                 Netherlands     England         Ireland              West Indies
Denmark          Costa Rica       Singapore