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Optic Glass Sculpture by Jack Storms

Sometimes, an optic glass sculpture artist comes along who breaks all the rules and grinds out their own path.

One such artist is Jack Storms, who has become the master of an achingly laborious glass-making process that combines lead crystal with dichroic glass.

optic glass sculpture

This physically demanding cold-glass process can take around 18 weeks of work to produce a single glass sculpture.

Working on a cold-working glass lathe that he invented himself, the sculptor is able to work pieces of glass-like wood and sculpt beautifully curved art glass sculptures.

As a boy, Jack spent hours watching his father work on a wood lathe in his studio, and he used those early childhood experiences to design his own specialist glass lathe and set up his own studio in 2004.

Half a year of perspiring dedication is required to hew out a core of lead crystal and finely polish it into a myriad of tiny mirrored surfaces. This core is then enveloped in optic glass to create a rainbow of refractive light. After an intense marathon of cutting, grinding, and polishing, a dazzling optic glass sculpture emerges from the shards and slivers.


When creating the Fireman’s Bell sculpture, commissioned by Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center, Jack coalesced 8000 pieces of glass together to form the final sculpture; a mind-boggling task of gargantuan proportions.

cube glass sculpture

Since marrying Vivian, Jack has gone from strength to strength and enabled him to find his inspiration and the inner peace that this dedicated work requires. Now with a blossoming family life with Vivian and Owen, Jack has won many accolades from his Optic Glass Sculpture artwork and a plethora of admirers across the planet.

jack storms glass sculpture

Jack has been inspired by the natural beauty of nature, as expounded by the mathematical theories of Leonardo “Fibonacci” Bonacci. Fibonacci discovered the pattern of growth in all living things – from sunflower heads to solar systems – followed a simple mathematical principle, where every subsequent number was the product of the adding up for the previous two (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21, etc).

His major commissions include creating the 3000-piece optic glass sculpture of a Baseball Bat for the American Baseball Team New York Yankees, who presented it to Derek Jeter to commemorate his 3000th hit in major league baseball. Most famous of all are his Large Spectrum Cube and Large Tier Drop glass sculptures which were commissioned by Marvel Studios for the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. The optic sculptures were featured in the broker’s shop scenes.


Images copyright – Jack Storms.

– If impressive statement pieces are your thing, why not also take a look at Tim Rawlinson Glass Art

12 thoughts on “Optic Glass Sculpture by Jack Storms”

  1. This work is incredibly etherial. It stired something within & brought tears to my eyes. Your creations are the most awe-inspiring I’ve ever experienced. I hope to one day acquire at least one of your pieces.

    Many blessings to you & yours

  2. I recently watched a tv programme about this artist and like the person above it brought tears to my eyes. I have never seen anything so beautiful and would dearly love to see this fantastic glass in person. I love all fine glass and have a small paperweight collection but your sculptures leave my pieces well behind. Love it!!! !! P.s. I live in New Zealand.
    Keep on sculpting.

    1. Hello Rajendra. Jack Storms art (at time of writing Jan 2020) starts at around £20,000 and some of his most decadent pieces start at around £250,000. Please contact us if you would like to discuss further. Thanks

  3. Tracey HornsbyJohnson

    I stumbled across Jacks video on how he makes these fine pieces of art. Behind each piece it shows in how much attention to detail goes into these. I’m so inspired and in awe of his commitment, he puts into each piece.
    My thoughts lead me to small pieces being made into jewellery to provide a budget standpoint for the ones who could never afford such beauty. In particular I thought of how a diamond shimmmers in the light. And how this does the same.
    I may be lucky enough to own one but until then I will continue to watch in awe.
    Beautifully crafted.

  4. How much are your pieces? I L0ve the colors and they remind me of where my nephew lives….he committed suicide ….and he lives in your pieces.
    His name is Jack.

    Carrie Adams

    1. Hi Carrie
      We are really sad to hear about your nephew Jack. Our sincerest condolences to you.
      Here is a poem by Patti Woosley

      He’s Everywhere

      When you died and went far away,
      my broken heart cried out in pain.
      My God! My God! Where can he be?
      And in my despair, you said to me.
      “I’m not gone. I’m everywhere,
      Everywhere you go, I’m always there.”

      I’m in the earth,
      in the wind and seas.
      You will feel my love in each summer breeze.
      I will hug you close when the wind blows through,
      and I will kiss your face with the sunshine too.
      Listen to the birds when they sing their songs,
      and you will hear my voice as I sing along.
      You will see my tears and you will know its true,
      when the grass is wet with the morning dew.
      You will feel my presence in the ocean air,
      and in the sweetest rose,
      I will be right there.
      I’m never far away,
      I’m with God above,
      and in all His wonders, you will find my love.
      So please don’t cry.
      Dry all your tears,
      for I’m not gone.
      I’m everywhere.

      No, he’s not gone.
      He’s everywhere.
      Everywhere I go, he’s always there.
      He’s in the earth.
      He’s in the wind and seas.
      I feel his love in each summer breeze.
      He hugs me close when the wind blows through,
      and he kisses my face with the sunshine too.
      I listen to the birds when they sing their songs, and I hear his sweet voice as he sings along.

      And when I cry,
      he’s comes and dries my tears,
      No, he’s not gone.
      He is everywhere.

  5. Hi Jack,
    When I first laid eyes on your work, all the other pics were gone. Your sculptures are absolutely, the most AMAZING, one of a kind pieces I’ve EVER seen!! When I saw them I KNEW I would own one some day, no doubt in my mind! (I’d better hurry though cause I just turned 61) : }
    Thank you for the opportunity to own one,
    Laurie Sexton

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