FEATURED ARTIST: Joshua Lee Cox

Joshua Lee Cox will be the Featured Artist at the Maui Crafts Guild from December 28th, 2012 to January 24th, 2013.   The exhibition will feature his fused glass and stained glass creations.  You can meet the artist during an opening reception from 6:30 to 9 pm on Friday, December 28th.  Festivities will include refreshments and live music by Upcountry Celtic.

Cox says, “I enjoy finding designs in nature that accentuate the beauty of the opalescent glass that Tiffany Studios pioneered. My fused glass is inspired by the amorphous nature of glass and its seductive relationships with light.”

Currently Cox is working on some strikingly beautiful, unusual pieces that remind one of molten lava – very appropriate for an artist working in the volcanic Hawaiian Islands. Of this new work he says:

“Thermal Shock Therapy” is a technique I have been developing over the past few years to create my series of lava inspired kiln formed glass. The term describes rapidly heating glass with a torch, and the expansion from the heat that causes the glass to crack (thermal shock). The pieces are then laid out on top of a solid base of glass and fired in a kiln to around 1500° F. After the fused pieces are allowed to cool properly, they are placed on ceramic molds and fired to 1200° F causing the glass to slump into or over the mold giving the pieces their form.

“Also, I use the expression “Shock Therapy” because of the excitement of not knowing how each piece is going to turn out, along with the little shot of adrenaline I get every time the glass “pops” and sends random cracks in all directions. It is reminiscent of winding a jack in the box, or better yet, the initial strike on a fishing rod. The Thermal Shock Therapy process provides a nice balance to the deliberate precision and technical aspects of my glass art.”


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