Artist uses rare cold-glass process
March 20, 2009
Glass sculpture artist Jack Storms will appear this weekend at Marcus Ashley Galleries.
The show is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will serve wine and appetizers.
Storms meticulously makes his sculptures by hand, requiring up to 12 weeks to produce. He encases dichroic glassin pure lead crystal ” a cold-glass process that only a handful of artists throughout the world know. The result is an original geometric piece with diamond-like coloring and a prismatic effect.
Storms was introduced to cold glass after graduating from Plymouth State College. As an apprentice, he quickly became the studio manager, and after just one year, he moved to California to open a West Coast production studio. He opened Storms Works Studio in 2002 and introduced his own designs into the world of cold worked glass.
“Many people see cold worked glass as being very technical and distant from the human experience,” he said. “I try to overcome that and seek to make a bridge from myself to the work. I strive to bring a sense of organic nature to all my pieces.”
The Carmel Valley Rotary Club presented Storms’ work as a gift to the president of Nigeria to commemorate the first blood bank in Africa.
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Storms also was commissioned to produce the actual award for the L.A. Music Awards.
Marcus Ashley Galleries is across the parking lot from Starbucks in Raley’s Village Center.