8 Contemporary Glass Artists That Shatter the Boundaries of the Craft

Cathryn Shilling

London-based artist Cathryn Shilling transforms glass into stunning works that resemble pieces of tartan-patterned fabric. Known for her experimental “woven” techniques, each piece of “glass cloth” is made using thin canes of Venetian glass. By sculpting the molten glass into fine threads of no more than one or two millimeters, Shilling then weaves the strands together before fusing them in the kiln.

 

Glass Symphony

Kiev-based glass artist Nikita Drachuk (aka Glass Symphony) sculpts glass spiders, octopi, slugs, and other critters by hand. Using a method called lampworking, Drachuk uses a torch to melt rods of colored glass. Once in a molten state, he then uses various tools to blow and shape the glass into delicate little creatures.

You can purchase pieces from the Glass Symphony collection on Etsy.

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Jack Storms

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Jack Storms creates stunning, prism-like optical glass sculptures made by combining lead crystal and dichroic glass. Having developed an incredibly rare glass art technique, the artist’s process involves many weeks of repetitive grinding, cutting, and polishing cold glass by hand. Each piece begins with a core of lead crystal which is cut, polished, and laminated to create reflective mirrors. When wrapped in optical glass, refraction of light passes through to create dazzling rainbows of color.

Having received world-wide recognition, his work has found homes in numerous private art collections, and two pieces have even appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy film.

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Flavie Audi

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Flavie Audi challenges the perception of solid glass with her series of Fluid Rocks made from blown glass, pigment, and precious metals. Each piece looks like blobs of jello, enticing the viewer to touch it, just to see if it wobbles. Although the artist keeps her exact technique a secret, rumor has it that the incorporation of fine gold and silver helps to create the mesmerizing, color-shifting, iridescence.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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