“Blue New Mexico Vase in a Square Shape” by Josh Simpson. Hand blown vase made of dark amethyst glass with an applied reactive silver decoration that creates the classic Simpson New Mexico patterning. The overall appearance is a dark cobalt blue with constellation-like designs running throughtout the surface.
Unusual square profile, with a flared, open lip that reveals the multi-hued Corona glass interior. Signed “Simpson” alson with the serial number. Measures Approximately 11″ h x 4.75″ w. Artist Card and gift box included.
Shelburne Falls, MA
“I make New Mexico glass by melting metallic silver onto the molten surface of a dark glass. As I form each piece, I carefully control the temperature and flow of oxygen and propane into the glass furnace, to enhance and enrich the color. Recently I have been exploring making vases with full-inverted lips, which really shows off the Corona glass interiors.”
Josh Simpson first experimented with glass when he was a student at Hamilton College in 1970. Over the last 35 years, his art has evolved as he experimented and learned from making countless mistakes. He has found inspiration in NASA images of Earth and other natural phenomena.
While he has been successful creating unique goblets, vases and bowls, perhaps his greatest satisfaction is derived from his planets: luminous glass spheres encasing kaleidoscopic landscapes, underwater scenes and vistas of outer space that reflect the Earth and the vastness and complexity of the universe.
In 2005, the Corning Museum of Glass commissioned Josh to create what became the world's largest glass paperweight. The making of this Simpson planet was the subject of the high definition PBS documentary “Defying Gravity.” Weighing 107 pounds, the planet became part of Corning's permanent collection in November 2006.
Josh has devoted himself to mastering all aspects of glassmaking by designing and building his own furnaces and tools, learning glass chemistry to create his own spectrum of colors, and mastering ancient techniques of glassmaking.
His work is in the permanent collections of many museums. Most recently the Huntsville Museum of Art has honored him with a 35 year retrospective exhibit. Josh Simpson has had one-man shows all over the world, has taught at schools, museums, and workshops, and has had a lot of fun along the way.