I fell deeply in love with the flow of glass the first time I played it with in liquid form and have made a living with it ever since. The way it droops with gravity as you heat it up and grows halos of crystalline colors as it cools has fascinated me to no end. I never really know what will end up in the kiln after a session on the torch. It is easy to start with a plan for the night, but what is actually created typically follows its own unique path. When I open the kiln the next morning, it is always a bundle of light and joy to ogle at in the sunlight. Thanks to people like you supporting online artists, I am able to share this passion with the world!
One of the first influences on my art was a zookeeper position with a small zoo in Oklahoma that allowed me to attend classes in a local university. I graduated with a degree in Archeology some years later and ended up working at Disney World, then onto be an Aquarist in Texas and Colorado. After that it was off to Virginia to join the Americorps and build houses for a year with Habitat for Humanity. From there I was awarded an year long glassblowing apprenticeship in Texas. This has ultimately led me to settle in the mountains of North Carolina and to build my own custom studio space overlooking the beauty of our planet. This setting has allowed me to find a balance within nature and the intense energy of glassblowing. My glass tends to be very organic with a divine inner harmony of colors and textures. A mystical blend of tribal shamanism, the wonder of childhood bliss, flow dynamics and fantastical creatures from not only near and far, but also inner and outer worlds.
Currently, I mostly work with borosilicate, which is referred to as hard glass. After proper annealing, borosilicate has similar strength to Pyrex. In fact, most of the clear glass I use actually is Pyrex brand. My pieces are lampworked by hand and each and every one is unique. I attempt to describe each and every piece as accurately as possible. If you have any questions about my glassware, please feel free to contact me below!
This shop includes not only my own glasswork, but the work of six other blowers from Austin and Asheville. All of us are independent artists and make a living by blowing glass. Thank you for supporting MJ42 Glass and keeping independent handmade art alive!
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Peace, Love and Light,
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