Tell us about yourself! (Background, name, location, work, how you began working with glass, etc.)
I live and work in the rural hills of western Massachusetts. I'm a flameworker using soda-lime aka “soft glass”. I became interested in glass after buying a handmade glass bead and took my first (furnace work) class through an adult education center. I switched to flameworking after becoming frustrated trying to make my own work, while working for others to get furnace time.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I love the immediacy of glass. I used to do jewelry fabrication and it would take days or even a month to make a finished piece, whereas I can make a nice finished piece of glass in under an hour. That said, some of my more intricate pieces take me a month to make all of the components and assemble them.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I am inspired by the microcosm of insects and plants in the natural world. I hope to inspire a love in other for these small denizens of the earth, through my portrayal of them in glass.
What is your dream project?
I love making pieces which involve creating and assembling hundreds of tiny components. It’s a complicated and intriguing puzzle, figuring out how to make it all work!
Why are you a member of GAS?
I enjoy attending the GAS conferences when I can. It’s so nice catching up with all of my glassy friends from around the world, whom I rarely get to see. And of course, I usually wind up with a whole new set of friends as well.
See more of Wesley's work here