Josh Simpson “Inhabited Planet”
3" inches, glass paperweight
Josh Simpson is one of our countries most recognized and accomplished glass artists. His works can be found in private and public collection all around the world. Josh Simpson is one of our countries most recognized and accomplished glass artists. His works can be found in private and public collection all around the world. His work has been present in every presidential collection since commissioned by First Lady Rosalyn Carter.. He’s also been the subject of two PBS Documentaries, one of which shows him making the largest paperweight in the world. For nearly forty years Josh has developed peerless techniques that will be used by emerging artists for years to come. Josh Simpson is also married to a very accomplished woman. His wife Cady Coleman is a NASA Astronaut that has logged in two missions to the International Space Station. Her life long passion for space and science is clearly present in every piece of Josh Simpson glass. When Cady is on a mission in space, you’ll find Josh here on earth creating a space of his own
Artists Statement: Glass has held my attention for well over 40 years now, which is pretty amazing because for better or worse, I have interests that scatter me in a hundred directions. I am moved by the beauty of the night sky and other astronomical phenomena. Physics, cosmology, and the workings of the universe fascinate me, as do high temperature chemistry, powered flight and all things mechanical. I can become mesmerized by color, form, contrast, iridescence, tessellating patterns and complexity. Contradiction, paradox and magic lead me to experiment and often push me far outside my comfort zone.