Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in Houston, Texas and during High School, I worked for a glass company making torch-worked novelty items. That experience was enough to become enamored with the material; there was an immediate affinity to the working qualities of hot glass.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
The one lesson I learned long ago that seems to have imprinted itself on everything that I do is to allow the material to express itself in a way that enhances the form and/or content of the work.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
My work is based on the narrative. The themes for my work derive from numerous sources: literary works: myths, legends, and local folklore are often the primary catalyst although I strive to go beyond mere illustration to bring some aspect about human experience and identity to the work.
What is your dream project?
There are a few non-glass artists that I would like to collaborate with, but my dream would be to have more time to devote toward a technical exploration of new digital technologies, however, there is enough possibility in what I already do to keep me busy and happy.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
Working as an educator, to be able to share my knowledge and passion for glass is very fulfilling. I would be equally satisfied however teaching other studio art classes because of the creative dialog and potential for growth, both for the student and instructor.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
My professional work also includes digital image making and sculptural applications.
Why are you a member of GAS?
A GAS membership is a good way to stay in contact with colleagues and to have access to resources and information that might not otherwise be so easily available. It’s a valuable resource and a way to support the larger glass community at the same time.
To learn more about Steven Ramsey, go to his GAS MEMBER PROFILE PAGE
PHOTO: Ogeechee Child, 2017