Josh Fradis Artist Statement
In my life, I have always loved art. So, it was only appropriate that I fell in love at ﬁrst sight when I stepped into the glassblowing studio in college. The ﬂuidity, motion, movement, and outcome of transforming something clear and liquid into something beautiful and solid, all attributed to my immediate fondness of the art form. When I drew my ﬁrst gather, dipping the cold steel rod into the molten, red-hot, honey-like, 2000°F blazing hot furnace, it was a beautiful experience. To create something beautiful from my bare hands, metal tools, blazing ﬁre, and notebook drawings or an image in my mind, out of clear, formless, melted sand is incredible to me. I know that this love of mine for the involvement and process of creating in glass, drives and inspires me to make my art glass creations. I love creating; I get to make people happy with beautiful, bright colors and fun shapes from a medium that is 4,000-years-old. I simply love the beauty of the medium.
Each piece that I make is the evolution of the process and my personal journey in glass. All of my artwork signiﬁes and represents the dedicated effort that I’ve put into my skills as a glass artist over the past 20 years. I learn something new about the glass every time that I work with it. I absorb the world around me and take the bits and pieces that I want to take and put it into my artwork. For example, the beautiful colors I see around me on a daily basis in Mother Nature, like in the sunset, the colors in it can vary anywhere from monochromatic gray and black to the most colorful rainbow you can imagine of oranges, yellows blues, and purples. I don’t expect to make anything as beautiful as Mother Nature can, but all I can do is try.
The history of glassblowing and the fact that it has hardly changed over the past 2,000 years is what I respect and admire. The only thing that has changed is technology and how we achieve our heat. Glassblowing is an art form that not anybody can do at any time. You cannot go to the art supply store and buy the equipment and materials needed to create a beautiful piece of glass and begin tonight. It is a relationship that you build and nurture over a lifetime in a very uninviting and intimidating environment.
What is beautiful and captivating is the way the glass and light interact with each other. This harmonious interaction is something that you cannot achieve in any other medium. This process is such a personal interaction between medium and artist that no two glass artists can create anything in the same way, shape, or feeling of expression. Almost like an interpretive dance, everybody has their own way of expressing their individual “olé!” that is different from everyone else. It is not necessarily better or worse, just different so you just have to go with what appeals to you.