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 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 wooden 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.

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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 principal, 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 is 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.

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3 Responses to Optic Glass Sculpture by Jack Storms

  1. Valerie November 9, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    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
    Mahalo,
    Valerie

  2. Merlene Bain January 3, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    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.

    • bohaglass January 14, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

      Thanks very much for the kind comments Merlene. We ship to New Zealand by the way! 🙂

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