Pumpkinseed Sunfish Small Sculpture by Milon Townsend. This flameworked glass sculpture features a green and yellow Pumpkinseed Sunfish swimming near some fallen branches. Sunfish are North American freshwater fish found from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast. It is signed and dated 2014.
It measures approximately 3.5″ w x 7″ h.
About the Artist
Milon Townsend has been making artwork in glass for nearly 50 years. Self-taught, he has created a vast body of work, from perfumes and paperweights to one-of-a-kind sculptures. His training in classical music was instrumental in his tendency to create objects with form, balance and harmony.
12 years in NYC exposed and immersed him in the world of dance. This interest quickly evidenced itself in his work. To this day, he is known for his understanding of the human form, and his expressive use of it in his artwork. Primarily a flameworker, for the past 15 years Townsend has been exploring kiln casting, creating, experimenting and transferring his vocabulary of human forms to this new process.
“I am interested in human relationships and development, and use the figures in my pieces to look at how we grow, change, influence and are influenced by our environment. I use both positive and negative forms within the glass sculptures that I make, as the glass itself can appear either solid or insubstantial.”
Townsend is the author of numerous books, and hundreds of articles on the topics of glass process, creative thought, and career development for artists. He has also produced a series of videos, demonstrating the techniques that he has developed, making them available to other artists in his field.
His work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Art Institute, the National Liberty Museum, and the Corning Museum of Glass. He has created works for Pres. George Bush (the elder), Arnold Palmer, and Cyrus Vance. Corporate clients include Bristol-Myers-Squibb, AT&T, Ford, & BusinessWeek magazine. His work has been featured on the covers of Omni and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazines.
He was a board member of The Arts Business Institute, a non-profit organization that assists artists in acquiring the skills to succeed in their careers. He speaks and teaches at seminars and workshops around the world, on glass technique, marketing for artists, and on living a fulfilling life.
He has taught at RIT’s School of American Crafts, at Urban Glass in NYC, been a visiting artist at RISD and is a regular teacher at The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. Milon works just outside a small village near Rochester, New York, with Kiyoko, his wife of nearly 40 years.