Glass art is a medium with a seemingly limitless technical versatility and a long history. It remains unclear when and where the experiments with glass began. Since its undefined inception, glassblowing has reached a high level of sophistication with little to no change in the technique itself since the early times. Various tools are used to shape the glass into a specific form after it is taken out of the furnace on the end of a long hollow metal tube. When it comes to using a delicate art material like glass, there is fragility and beauty that only an expert glass blower and artist is able to achieve, and James Stone is no stranger to this.
Some artists are more inclined toward abstract shapes and designs. At the same time, some are drawn to creating more practical pieces such as lighting and chandeliers, glassware, platters, and jewelry. In this regard, Stone spins and shapes molten glass into versatile art pieces like tumblers, bowls, vases, pendants, ornaments, and other luminous objects. He is an Ocean Conservation Mixed Media Sculpture Artist with extensive knowledge and experience in this field.
The now Escondido, California-based artist was born in New York on July 5th, 1951. He now owns Stone and Glass Studio and understands the art of casting glass hot out of the furnace into sculpted metal. Stone has worked to turn his passion for glass into a profitable business. He has earned himself a spot for his use of color and his unique process, which forges metal and hot cast glass with painted accents. Stone has been blowing glass for quite some time as if he was destined to be a glassblower.
Stone's spark of interest in glassblowing ignited in the 1980s when he took some classes at Palomar College. During his time living in Las Vegas, Stone met a glass blower who had come from Chico, California, and Stone fell into liking his work so much that he wanted to emulate him.
He is a fervent believer in synchronicity and serendipity. One such serendipitous elevated his career in 1985 in San Diego, where he attended Palomar College to pursue a course in glass blowing, which had only one spot left, which he signed up for at the very last moment.
Making his living as a glassblower
Glassblowing is an interesting and almost lost art that few know how to do, but many appreciate it as an art. The overall process can be a metaphor for how to approach life. There are many steps in the process of creating a piece. It begins with facing the furnace, which is at 2400 degrees and is white hot, which puts the human body into a stress response going near it. It becomes of utmost importance to learn when a step goes wrong and what options to consider. Stone makes his living as a glassblower and knows what it is like to feel the heat. Each of his pieces has a long creation cycle and involves a tremendous amount of time, talent, and experience from beginning to end.
Helping the emerging artists
Creativity can be found almost everywhere. Many emerging artists with creative minds need a push or someone who can share their knowledge with them. Stone takes the opportunity to fulfill an emerging artist's potential before their career really takes off. Stone has made a name for himself by offering his knowledge through glassblowing classes to artists of all ages ranging from children to adults. His Introductory to Glassblowing program has been well-received by various local and regional groups, ranging from Girl Scouts to major private and corporate occasions. Team building and leadership characteristics may be incorporated into classes.
In short, His creations have appealed to many eyes and lured many people into his studio. He has often been in just the right time at the right place, including places he never thought of once. Stone has been blowing the glass for a very long time, and his passion has only grown over time. As of today, Stone creates commissioned work for individuals, restaurants, museums, and corporate businesses, ranging from sets of drinking glasses to huge vases, bowls, lighting fixtures, and sculptures in a broad range of themes and styles.