Ukrainian glass artist Nikita Drachuk, the person behind the etsy shop “Glass Symphony” create below delicate glass animal sculptures, spiders, grasshop, octopi, and other critters by hand. He uses a method called lampworking, where a lamp or torch is used to melt rods of colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass can be formed by blowing and shaping with various tools and small movements. For delicate items like the octopi and spiders, you can imagine how much patience and skills needed. Enjoy some of Drachuk’s work here and see more on his etsy store.
These stunning, free flowing glass sculptures are created by K. William LeQuier by using a unique style he’s developed – carve glass into a myriad of textures using a sandblaster and a diamond saw. Though labor-intensive, this work resulted in unexpected and exciting results. Every sculpture starts with a rough sketch. From that, he produces a template to scale. Then, as the artist explains, “Thin strips of adhesive rubber are arranged one at a time on each plate of glass. When the plate is sandblasted, the rubber acts as a resist. The rest of the plate is cut away leaving only what was protected by the rubber. After each plate is sandblasted the plates are then glued together with a special UV curing epoxy.” Sanding is done with a belt sander and details are carved with a diamond tip. The artist creates the base and armature on which the sculpture rests all by hand.
Start as a hobby, glass gradually became Scott’s livelihood and ruling passion. In 1994, Scott took a class at the Pilchuck School of Glass with the world famous Robert Mickleson. This was truly a turning point. And now Scott has now been blowing glass for nineteen years and is currently represented in close to 80 galleries spanning the United States. He specializes in borosilicate flame-work and translates his love of nature into whimsical representations of the world he sees.
Simone Crestani is an artist, a designer, and a glassblowing master. He was born in Marostica, in the region of Venice, where he still lives and works. Always admired with wonder and respect the nature, Crestani believes that it is the greatest expression of beauty, that kind of beauty that satisfies the senses, that kind of beauty that only art can approach. That’s the reason why in his work Crestani takes inspiration from natural forms, repurposing them through a decorative key that preserves the elegance and poetry. When asked why he uses glass as medium, Crestani said, “There is no real reason why I chose glass, may be glass picked me. I have been so lucky to fell in love with it when I was young and to learn well its secrets. Having indeed the control of technique allowed me to use it as medium to develop my thoughts.”