These pieces are the most recent in a series of explorations in clear glass. The aim is to feature the basic nature of the material an emphasize what glass does so well simply by being glass. The “vocabulary” I try to bring to this work includes: Clarity, light transmission and refraction /optical effects and fluid movement of the molten material without excess tooling or excess manipulation
As I engage with this vocabulary, I try to keep in mind these meaningful quotes from some of our finest and most influential glass artists, rare individuals who I consider friends, and masters with whom I’ve had the great pleasure of working.”
Paul DeSomma is a glass artist who specializes in figurative work. Paul first blew glass in New York City in 1983 and spent the next 15 years working and studying in studios in Seattle, Washington and Murano, Italy. His close friendship with Masestro Pino Signoretto has guided Paul's technical approach and influenced his sculptural aesthetic.
Born: Pittsburgh, PA 1959
Education: Cornell University B.S. 1982
2013 Odunpazari Glass Festival, Eskisehir, Turkey
2002-2004, 1990-1995 Master Craftsman in Residence (Gaffer) Pilchuck Glass School
2003 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA Residency with Marsha Blaker-DeSomma
2002 The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey Instructor for Inaugural Session
1998 Visiting Artist, Pilchuck Glass School
1998 Crystal Arts Project, Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Ireland
2013 Luminescence: Works in Glass Pajaro Valley Arts Council
2010 Triton Museum, San Jose CA
2008 Glorious Glass: Translucent and Opaque - The Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL
2007 Reflections of Italy Pajaro Valley Arts Council
2004 Collaborative Work - Are we Having Fun Yet? Santa Cruz CA
2003 Museum of Glass Tacoma WA, Residency
1998 Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA Art of Glass
1997 Heir Apparent - Translating the Secrets of Venetian Glass Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA, Collection of the Museum The Prescott Collection of Pilchuck Glass Artists, Seattle, WA Safeco Corp. Glass Collection, Seattle WA Collection of Jon and Mary Shirley, WA The Alvord Collection, Seattle WA
13.5 x 13 x 8"
Optical Effects (blue)
15.5 x 11 x 8"