Subterranean Designs In Glass, on display through July, 2019
You've been awed by his sea creatures since we opened the doors to our new location last year. Now glass artist Jeremy Sinkus brings new and exciting work to the gallery for his show, Subterranean Designs in Glass, which runs from Thursday, June 27, through the end of July. In his new work, Sinkus combines his three loves: glass, the ocean, and gemstones.
"To find a gem you have to dig, to see a fish you have to submerse." When Jeremy Sinkus started flame working glass in 2003 he found a medium that spoke both water and stone, an abyss of technique and possibility. The fluidity, transparency and color of hot glass brings the ocean out of him and the cold glass the geological connection. For Sinkus, glass is the perfect medium to create sea life and minerals, two of his passions in the natural world. Working glass in two states, both hot and cold brings out two artistic emotions. “When hot and molten, the sea's fishes, invertebrates and flow is the place of perception I see and feel. When glass is cool it expresses structure like stones and transparency like gems.” From his studio in Shelburne Falls, Mass., he uses techniques including flame working borosilicate glass, kiln casting and cold working.
Recent mineral works from the AMG line (Artisan Made Gemstones) is a fusion of flame working, casting and cold working techniques. His most recent and important line of work is that "Glass is geological". The material itself suggests what it wants to be. Sinkus was a gem, mineral and fossil collector and dealer before he got into glass. “I traveled the country digging for stones and fossils and exhibiting at mineral shows. I bought and sold and became part of that community for years. Glass showed up in my life and became my new gemstone that I had all the characteristics of gems and minerals that I enjoyed so much. The benefits of using glass as a material is that it can be manipulated on infinite levels. After all, glass is composed of geological ingredients, including mostly quartz, which is the also the main element in many crystals and gemstones. Also what gives gemstones their color is what colors glass. This connection is so obvious to me that the minerals and fossil designs, shapes and characteristics that I enjoy so much can be made as art without boundaries when created in glass. Glass to me in the intentional gemstone. I keep asking the questions how is it not?”