Jack Storms To Hold Exhibition at Jim Miller Gallery in Carmel on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
On Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m meet Jack Storms and Learn about cold glass sculpting!
- Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) May 08, 2012 - Jack Storms… The Cold Glass World An Overview. Meet one of only three cold glass sculptors in the World, at the Jim Miller Gallery on the corner of Dolores and Ocean Avenue (storefront on Ocean Avenue) on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Glass sculpture artist extraordinaire, Jack Storms has achieved serious recognition in both the public arena and the demanding world of fine art, since he opened his own studio in 2004. Storms works in an incredibly rare medium. A true pioneer in the cold-glass world, Storms award-winning work is sought by discriminating collectors around the world and has been commissioned for award ceremonies, as commemorative pieces and even as an emissarial gift to the President of Nigeria. Storms is one of the best-selling glass artists in the country today. Currently, there is up to a six-month waiting list for some of his pieces.
Storms will be highlighting more than 10 pieces from his collection at the Jim Miller Gallery including:
The aerial is a form of flight. Inspired by the air and meant to give a sense of uplifting. The aerial has a lead crystal core with a tip that is pointed to catch all the reflection that the rounded bottom and the colored core can push its way. The Aerial comes in small, medium or large.
The Aquarius is a form that was inspired by water. It is composed of a lead crystal core lined with azurelite, a architectural glass that has a blue tint. The Aquarius is then shaped back on the top and reverse sculpted on the sides and rounded on the bottom to give it it's aquatic look. The look is meant to give a sense that there is both flight and form under the waves. The optic crystal has a celestial feel that dwells within an aquatic form. If you feel a kinship to the water then this form will speak directly to you.
Meet Jack Storms. Learn about cold glass sculpting. Storms will be available from1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2nd. From 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. attendees will enjoy tastes of wine and small bites. Please RSVP to shows ( @ ) jackstorms dot com dot
Drawing inspiration from both his heart and his mind when conceiving his artistic designs, Storms uses the theory of Fibonacci at the heart of each lead crystal sculpture. Fibonacci is a great mathematician that articulated the natural math seen in nature. Natural beauty is created, not manufactured. From the repetition florets of a flower to the scales of a pineapple's skin, Fibonacci numbers are found in the pattern of growth of every living thing in nature.
Cold Glass The Process:
He combines pure, lead crystal and dichroic glass through a cold-glass production process. These beautifully reflective, hand-sculpted pieces begin with a core of dichroic glass pieces; each cut, polished and laminated until they shine like mirrors. This core is then wrapped in sculpted, optic glass which refracts the light passing through the pieces and creates a hypnotic light show of fire and ice colors, which are incredibly beautiful and coveted by all who lay eyes on them.
This sculpture process is incredibly intense and physically challenging. In the entire world, there are only a handful of fine glass artisans working in this medium. It can take up to ten weeks to create just one of these amazing designs, longer for large and specialized pieces.
Not content to be limited by what was possible, Storms set out to do what many thought was impossible, in designing a cold-working glass lathe. In achieving this major accomplishment, Storms drew on early memories of his father's wood working lathe while pursuing his vision. Storms is the only cold glass artist to work off of the lathe of his own design allowing him to discover unique forms. This process gives him the ability to turn glass and sculpt curved, detailed shapes never before seen in cold-glass production.
Masterpieces of Jack Storms:
• Bella Vino sculpture by Jack Storms won the People's Choice Award at the 2007 BAGI Awards. This is largest wine bottle ever made using the Cold Glass Process. It is a one of kind!
• Viviovo: The "ViviOvo" is Storms only muse inspired form. "When I first showed my future wife all of my work, I asked her what piece she loved most,"said Storms. "She pointed out the form that I had left mostly undeveloped and lazily named the egg. With some new inspiration and a strong desire to impress, I focused and researched all things egg." Storms modeled the new design from the "Golden Mean Egg" or the "Fibonacci Egg". Using natural geometry, he set to shape and polish. The result is a form that is as beautiful as it is difficult to create: The ViviOvo. "The form is named after my wife, Vivian, and her native language for egg, ovo," said Storms.
• Carmel Valley Rotary Club commissioned a sculpture by Jack Storms for the President of Nigeria in honor of the first blood bank to open in Africa
• Fireman's Bell sculpture by Jack Storms commissioned by the City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center comprised of 8000 pieces of glass
• Optic Crystal Baseball Bat by Jack Storms comprised of 3000 pieces of glass, designed for the NY Yankees Derek Jeter commemorating his 3000th hit in the major leagues
Additional Highlights of Jack Storms Collections:
The cube is a universally approachable form. The "core" of the cube consists of the finest optical lead crystal that has been cut and polished to precision. Once the core is complete it is surrounded with an optical glass that camouflages it's seems to give the appearance of a floating core. Like all of my work, the cubes refract, reflect, and cast colored shadow.
Tier Drop Series:
Some of my forms are found by accident. While working on an Aerial, a studio accident left the piece with two of its corners smashed. There was no time to get upset. I could see that there was a form ready to be shaped. I curved the corners into a flowing droplet and beveled the top. When I was finished, I had one of my most popular forms. The name comes from a play on words on my process. The Tier Drop comes in medium and large
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