Glass just seems to bring the ocean out of me. I grew up spending quality time fishing and snorkeling on Cape Cod Massachusetts. This experience, combined with my life as an artist, creates a line of work focusing on sea life. I’m also a scuba diver, which has deepened my love of the ocean. The visual experience of the deep helps create variety in my work, represented in my coral reef scenes and other aquatic environments. The sense of harmony when being immersed in the ocean helps create emotion that flows into my work using both clarity and color.
To manipulate molten glass with fire is a way to look closer and experience what I love with an almost extreme mode of consciousness. This heightened sense of awareness is what I strive to maintain. It is the same sense I experience while diving. Staying present with my work helps me when trying to find a balance of color, light, transparency, and form. For me, glass is a perfect medium to mimic the sea while reflecting the fragility of the oceans sea life and eco-systems. My designs express what I miss, what I look forward to, and what I dream.
My newest series is called Artisan Made Gemstones (AMG's) and it is the next gem material to revolutionize the jewelry and design industry. Made of borosilicate glass these gem replicas are created by an artist in the studio rather than a laboratory to have more control of the aesthetic nature of the material. These gems are created intentionally with all aspects of what we want in a stone to be even if it isn't found in nature. The possibilities are endless.
Developed in 2015 by Jeremy Sinkus, a collector and miner of minerals, and former gem and mineral dealer before he put down his hammer and chisel to start his journey in glass art. After over a decade of admiring the properties of the hard glass with its similar properties as crystal and gemstones, he began working it like stone when cold. Borosilicate glass is a hard glass measuring about 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Fracturing concoidal like quartz and takes a crisp high polish. Refractory index of about 1.5.
AMG's are environmentally and geologically friendly with a tiny percentage of earth tonnage moved per carat weight of material. The incredible resemblance to tourmaline is, in part, that tourmaline is a borosilicate mineral.
Shelburne Falls galleries and businesses celebrate a different theme or simply focus on what's new in their venue the 2nd Saturday of each month. Please come and enjoy all our small town has to offer.
ANDREW QUIENT: an Intersection of Pottery & Architecture is the featured exhibit for the next Second Saturday, December 9. Join us for this reception 4-6pm with music by Loren Feinstein. Check out ShelburneFalls.com to be updated on all the doings in town!