Joshua Lee Cox
Born in Fremont, California, Cox lived in Oregon and California before settling in the picturesque country town of Haiku on Maui's north shore in 1998.
He started working with glass while attending Bella Vista High School in Sacramento,California, where he signed up for an art workshop, expecting to study drawing. As it turned out, the workshop had to do with stained glass. Cox tried to transfer to a painting class, but it was full-and the rest, as they say, is history. He studied stained glass for three years, when a teacher helped him get an apprenticeship with a local glass artist. Subsequently, he was hired by a local architectural glass company producing leaded glass windows. He worked there full time for six years.
When he moved to Maui in 1996, he began creating his own work in earnest, joining the Lahaina Art Society right away. In 2001, Cox joined the Maui Crafts Guild in Paia. Around this time, he began fusing glass and incorporating the results into his stained glass work, creating stunning, unique pieces. In 2002, he began teaching classes at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
A major influence on his work has been the art of Louis Comfort Tiffany. 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