Glass Axis is happy to have Jim Delange as this month’s Featured Member Artist in Glass Axis’s Gallery. Join us for Franklinton Fridays August 10th from 6-8pm for the closing reception of his work. DeLange will also be doing a free public glassblowing demonstration at 7pm to show his glassmaking process. Beside to join us! His work is on display now through August 10th.
About The Artist
“I started blowing glass in 2007. I do not have any formal art education but have relied on taking a few classes, working with glass professionals and many hours of practice. Since High School I have been involved in photography, stained glass, working, raising a family and coaching Track. Seeing a special about Hot Glass on TV I thought it looked like it would be really cool to work with liquid glass, so when the kids were off to college I signed up for my first class.
From my first gather of liquid glass I was drawn into the world of glass blowing. Glass in its liquid form has endless possibilities combining color and shape producing a finished product which virtually begs to be touched. That touch becomes calming and therapeutic as it draws you into its graceful, elegant beauty.
Each time I sit at the bench I am mesmerized watching the 2000 degree liquid glass move beneath the touch of my hand and with a gentle breath of air sent through the long steel pipe. The glass turns, colors swirl, heat radiates and beads of sweat form on my face as the vessel begins to take on its final form. When the piece is put away to slowly cool overnight, exhilaration overtakes me and gives way to the anticipation of finishing the process by holding it in my hands for the first time.
The process is addictive as the extreme heat, physical exertion, concentration and emotion combine to provide a sense of fulfillment each time I sit at the bench. Every piece demands to be touched but in return fills the one who touches it with a sense of warmth, tranquility and peace.
Glass has become my passion and I am excited to share it with others in the hope that they too will see and feel the beauty and power of this magnificent medium.”