Tell us about yourself –
My name is Verne Orlosk. I was born in England and became a citizen of the US in 2000. My degree in Fine Arts has allowed me to teach all aspects of visual arts and explore different techniques in my glass art.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work –
Initially, I was drawn to fused glass through the fantastic, immediate color choices and then I discovered how many techniques could be applied to fused glass as art. Currently, I enjoy the challenges of using glass powder without a substrate of sheet glass. This process allows me to combine colors in a painterly manner to help create depth and enhance the qualities of light transference. It also brings an organic feel as well as a lighter physical weight to the final piece.
What themes do you pursue in your work –
I usually work with ocean-themed ideas that include the evolution of live organisms and their detritus. I would like the viewer to experience a brief moment of contemplation for the beauty or hand feel of a single work based on nature. My recent work has been specifically with leaves and the visible evidence of earth renewal in spring brooks.
What is your dream project –
I have tried to stay focused, but have never tried blown glass. It would be intriguing to collaborate with another glass artist, in any form, and double the ‘dream’ factor.
If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose –
I have always worked in the visual arts in one form or another. If I chose a different career, I might want to do something more hands-on. Maybe creating and building worlds in miniature would make use of how I see.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know –
The name Verne is a derivation of the Vernal Equinox. I have also seen meanings such as; spring green, maiden of spring, youthful and dweller among the ferns. They all seem to fit, having been born in the spring, but at this point, I’ll take youthful!
Why are you a GAS member -
I enjoy seeing the proliferation of glass art. I love how other artists are available, through GAS offerings, to share their process and visions. Appreciation is never wasted.