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Jon Oakes - California
Jennifer Umphress - Kingston, Washington
Glass to me is the ideal medium because it has it all; color, dimension, clarity and reflection. This medium enables me to express my thoughts and or feelings in the moment.
I have worked with cold glass and other mediums besides Lampworking. But once I discovered the rush of creating with constant motion and having no time to think but instead feel my piece I was completely captivated. Although my inspiration comes from the ocean, I am most intrigued by capturing movement. I try to emulate the movement of sea life in a simple contemporary form.
Josh Simpson – Shelburne, MA
Josh Simpson is a contemporary glass artist who uses age old techniques.Each planet is hand shaped with wooden blocks and other traditional tools at his Western Massachusetts studio.Simpson’s continuing fascination with space, and the technologies associated with it, is clearly evident in the imagery of spaceships, power stations, and satellites that figure so prominently in the Planets…For all Simpson’s interest in technology, however, his works are not futuristic in feeling, but ancient, like nature itself.
Born in Prague and brought up in England, Peter Layton studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design in London under some of the foremost potters of the day. He chanced upon glassblowing while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa and since returning to Britain has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magical and versatile medium.
Cathy Richardson – Winona, Minnesota
"Glass, like water, is a very fluid and dynamic medium. It can contain, surround, and magnify objects, creating magical effects to delight the eye and fascinate the imagination. Using these properties, I am able to create beautiful, dynamic designs that are full of life, inviting you to look again and again into my world. The beautiful three-dimensional environments in my paperweights and marbles express my meticulous attention to detail and life-long love of nature."
Jeremy Sinkus – Massachusetts
Jeremy Sinkus has been working with glass since 1998, but not as his first art medium.Metals and stone were the main passions Jeremy followed until he found borosilicate glass.Jeremy is an avid mineral collector and miner. He has dug and sold minerals all over the country, and has now incorporated this passion into his glass. Having spent a lot of his time on mountains and on the ocean, you can see the influence of opals and jaspers in his coloring, along with aquatic themes.
Joshua Rodine – Azalea, Oregon
Joshua’s glass vessels and sculptures are blown and/or sculpted from borosilicate (commonly known as Pyrex), with a special torch using a process called flamework.By using the torch he achieves much more control and detail than traditional glassblowing. The contrast between the highly technical process of flamework and the seemingly spontaneous, organic beauty of Earth’s creations drive his work.
The works of Roger Gandelman stand out in the world of Art Glass with an unusual blend of the present and the past. It is for this reason that the creations of this master craftsman hold a special place in some of the finest collections in the world.
In some of his works, three dimensional flowers and vines with a traditional flavor are used as an interior decoration and contrasts nicely with the smooth contemporary exterior form. Gandelman mixes precious metals such as gold and silver, or rare oxides such as cobalt and copper, with molten glass at temperatures exceeding 2300° to achieve his rich and radiant colors. The combination of transparent and opaque colors suspended in fine crystal gives each piece energy, depth and movement.
Mesolini Glass – Bainbridge Island, Washington
Beauty, functionality, and uniqueness are hallmarks of Gregg Mesmer’s and Diane Bonciolini’s kiln-formed glass dishware.Befitting tables casual or formal, these dishes can be used and enjoyed.With little effort, your present dishware or china can be updated or enhanced.Perfect for the sophisticated glass collector or a new bride, Mesolini dishware can create a lasting impression.
LaserGlass Art - California
Each of LaserGlass Art’s Inner-Glow Collection shell is comprised of 45% leaded crystal compared to the 38% component found in Austrian crystal.The shells are individually hand-cast using our their adaptation of a casting method originally developed by the ancient Egyptians to make gold jewelry.The crystal shells are molded from actual seashells and exhibit all the fine detailing of nature’s originals.The shells contain a specialized, dichroic coating which gives them their unique inner glow. They refer to Dichroically coated glass as LaserGlass.
Schuster Glass Studio – Brown County, Indiana
The Art Glass produced by Ron Schuster is made of the finest crystal and colored glass available.The artist’s interest in hot glass work was spawned by a desire for a more spontaneous and uninhibited mode of expression within the glass medium.After more than two decades as a creator of stained glass windows, Ron brings a wealth of experience with color and design to his new venture; paperweights and vases.