Simone Crestani is an artist, a designer, and a glassblowing master. He had the privilege of working under the tutelage of master glassblower Massimo Lunardon and living close to Venice the capital of the glass world. On Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art he reveals this about his work:
“I started to work with glass when I was very young. I was fifteen when I entered for the first time the Soffieria of master artisan Massimo Lunardon. There I was immediately fascinated by the incandescent glass. Shortly after, I started training as an apprentice blower and it was love at first sight. In 2010 I opened my own studio, the “Atelier Crestani”, where I still work at my creations.”
“I usually take inspiration from the natural world, reinventing its forms and translating them into my language and my aesthetic taste, trying to always keep that pure and elegant style that is my sign.”
“I’ve been working with the borosilicate glass in a more sculptural way compared to the traditional one, and now I can create bigger pieces but more detailed. I’m renown for this particular technique and often I have been asked to teach in prestigious academies and glass-making schools.”
You can view more of his work on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Simone Crestani.
Jupiter Nielsen is a ‘flamework’ glass artist residing in Maui, Hawaii. Glass work is the creative outlet for his passion of the natural world particularly Hawaii’s unique ecosystem. He write this about his passions:
“Flameworking glass became part of my life within the first month after moving to Maui in 1996. Hiking in the forests of Hawaii was part of my life from day one. I felt an immediate kinship with the Hawaiian landscape, where the flora & fauna have the highest rate of endemic species anywhere in the world. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about Hawaii’s native plants through countless hours hiking, taking photographs and volunteering with many conservation groups.”
“As my botanical knowledge has increased so has my skill at working with glass. Each piece is a puzzle that takes time, energy and skill to solve. Glass presents a wonderful challenge I thoroughly enjoy, never working the same way twice.”
You can follow the artist on his website and Instagram. Some of his pieces can be purchased on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Jupiter Nielsen.
The miniature glass pieces first attracted us to the work of Virginia -based glass artist, Kiva Ford. A scientific glass blower by trade he designs one-of-a-kind glass instruments used for specific laboratories. In his studio he creates sculptures, glass vessels, miniatures and other creations crafted entirely by hand. The influence of mythology, history and science is evident in many of his artistic endeavors. In an interview with The Daily Mini he has this advoce for beginning artists:
“Make exceptional work! Make things that no one has ever seen before. Be innovative. Don’t get discouraged if your work doesn’t sell right away. Think about the long game. Remember, you do this because you love it, not because you are trying to make tons of money. Give yourself permission to be creative and to make what is in your head, even if you think it might not be received well. And also, make exceptional work!!!”
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook, Instagram and Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Kiva Ford.