It is with great sadness that I inform you the passing of James V. Shumate November 16, 2017. Jim was a founding member of the Glass Axis Studio and its first shop manager. It was Jim’s faith in his abilities and the abilities of others that caused the Axis Studio to come into being.
It was Jim who first lit the Glass Axis furnace, something he and others cobbled together from donated parts. I remember him calling me when the first glass was successfully melted with the words, “We’ve got glass!”
There are many pieces of equipment Jim built 30 years ago that are still in use today at the Axis Studio.
Those of us who knew Jim knew a man dedicated to his art. Jim was a man who could be difficult at times. But at his heart he was a kind soul, always willing to assist others whether in making a piece or improving their glass skills. Many of us are better glass workers having worked with and learned from Jim Shumate.
Jim fought diabetes for years. Several years ago it took his sight and last November his life. Jim leaves behind an extensive body of work. He lives on in the skills he taught others. These will live on as well the memory of an exceptional man.