Art Case A/B Waiting Lounge
Sept. 3, 2018 - Nov. 25, 2018
Thomas Spake began glassblowing in 1994. Spake went to college to pursue a basketball scholarship, but a work-study assignment in the art department introduced him to glassblowing. Spake remembers that jaw-dropping moment when he saw the molten material rotating on the blow pipe, as well as the creative energy, the improvisation, the dance, the sweat and the teamwork involved in the process. He knew this was something he had to do. After two years, Spake walked off the basketball court, and into the glass workshop to take his first class.
In 2002, he began his own business, Thomas Spake Studios. While glass is his primary medium of choice, he also creates large, site-specific sculptures, fabricates custom gates, railings and fences, designs jewelry and teaches glass workshops.
Glasscapes: Inspired by the World Around Us
The artist states, "The artwork in this exhibition is inspired by my travels across our beautiful country, as well as exploring the great state of Tennessee. Some of the artworks are glimpses of a place, while others are either abstract or realistic landscapes. After being hand-blown, the glass works are engraved, carved and sandblasted to remove layers of color and reveal the interior designs. By incorporating traditional glass-blowing techniques with a love of nature, I strive to create functional, decorative and sculptural glass art with a style all its own."
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