Jupiter Nielsen is a â€˜flameworkâ€™ glass artist residing in Maui, Hawaii. Glass work is the creative outlet for his passion of the natural world particularly Hawaiiâ€™s unique ecosystem. He write this about his passions:
â€œFlameworking 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 Hawaiiâ€™s native plants through countless hours hiking, taking photographs and volunteering with many conservation groups.â€
â€œAs 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.â€
Images: Courtesy of Jupiter Nielsen.