Tell us about yourself.
A former mineral collector and digger that put down his chisel and picked up a torch. My fondness for minerals and natural history was all encompassed in glass. Glass is geological. The material bit me hard in the late 90’s and opened a future of infinite expression to my fascinations of the subterranean world. I constantly dream about finding objects beneath the surface of either the sea or the earth. That feeling of finding something exceptional and spirit engaging. Maybe that is what spending all this time in the studio is? Digging, searching, revealing important concepts from deep inside myself. Obvious is mundane and mysterious is wide open. Intentional forms should be both. Something to recognize and something to ponder or be awakened to. Jeremy Sinkus lives and works in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. He uses techniques including flame working borosilicate glass, kiln casting and cold working. The old mill studio is powered by hydro-electricity from the river falls.
What draws you to the material you work with?
Glass has always been a gemstone to me. It has the qualities of many natural stones plus can make the impossible happen. Glass already suggests what it wants to be.
What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Glass is geological, therefore I feel it is the perfect material to represent minerals, fossils and subterranean theme. Minerals are art on their own. Glass gives me the freedom to exaggerate, compliment and emphasize the qualities and attributes I love about these geological wonders.
What would be your dream project?
Dream project would be to cast or blow mold a human size tourmaline crystal specimen.