“Devil's Fire Egg Paperweight” by Joe Mattson. This traditional South Jersey paperweight was handcrafted right here in our WheatonArts Glass Studio by lead gaffer Joe Mattson. It measures approximately 3.5″ diameter x 5.5″ high. Signed by the artist on the bottom.
About the Devil's Fire tradition
This natural phenomena found in the woods and pinelands of South Jersey was the inspiration for glass workers for the creation of the Devil's Fire paperweight. Witnessed would report seeing moving bluish flames which have been referred to as fox fire or devil’s fire thought to be the handy work of the Jersey Devil himself. Most likely what they were seeing was created by the decaying tree limbs and debris.
About the Artist
Joe Mattson, a self-taught glass artist, began working with glass in
1976. Joe is currently a resident glass artist at WheatonArts in Millville,
NJ, where he demonstrates century-old glass blowing techniques on a daily basis.
In his free time, Mattson likes to experiment with different styles of
work. The shapes, forms and patterns he crafts in glass are reminiscent of the nouveau glass from the early 1900s.
Mattson’ s work is primarily one-of-a-kind pieces he calls “contemporary traditional glass.”