Thomas Spake Studios

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    The colors, textures, and surfaces of my hand-blown glass vessels and sculptures are inspired by the beauty and wonder of the natural world. I gather references from photographic images, including aerial and drone photography, but the resulting colors and patterns are more akin to the sun-dappled scenes of impressionist paintings.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I work with blown glass. All of my work is made solo in my private studio. My style of work is is inspired by patterns and textures found in nature and recreated using tiny glass chips and powders.

    A: I feel most engaged when I am working with glass, shaping it to express my ideas. Glass demands the artist to simultaneously create and improvise. The fluid nature of glass requires a talented practitioner, much like a jazz musician; without vision, experience, and constant exploration of the mediums boundaries, innovation does not exist.

    A: My designs are influenced by the work of 19th century impressionist artists Klimt, Monet, and Van Gogh and their mixture of colors and patterns to express the idea of trees, water, and sky. Much like painting multiple layers to create patterns and textures as the impressionists did, I create textures in glass with the colors from underneath coming through and combine them with the colors on top for the finished product.

    A: I believe in the "10,000 hour rule” coined by journalist and thought leader Malcolm Gladwell. “Expect to put in 10,000 hours before you make any significant progress. “You have to be passionate about what you’re doing and believe in yourself. Because in reality, the only person you have is yourself. No one else is going to do it for you.

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