Jamie Harris is a glass artist and designer living in New York City. A graduate of Brown University, Jamie studied at some of the most prestigious glass schools in the country: The Pilchuck Glass School, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Penland School of Crafts, the Haystack School, and the Corning Museum of Glass. He also studied with many of the most renowned glass artists in the world, including Dante Marioni, Josiah McElheny, Benjamin Moore, Kathy Eliot and Ben Edols.
“I approach my sculptural glass work more from a painterly perspective than as a traditional glassblower. My work is about loud splashes of color, about capturing the innate way glass transmits, reflects, and absorbs color. You can see the sensibility in a number of approaches, from the strictness of my blown work to the organic looseness of my cast wall panels. Yet all of my work shares a similar love of, and foundation in, color and color patterning. In my blown glass work, I merge a classic Venetian sensibility with a Modernist approach. Though I have intensely studied the Venetian tradition of blown glass, my work is fueled more by color theory and abstract concept than reflections on historical glass. I use traditional techniques and re-appropriate them: taking blown glass techniques as a method of building up form in a cast sculpture, for example. For many years, I have explored the Italian technique of incalmo—contrasting bubbles of glass joined together, used traditionally as vessel decoration—in different contexts as the foundation for building a three-dimensional color field painting. My work is an ever-changing examination of color modulation, evoking emotional responses through visual contrast.”
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