Announcement Welcome to the microcosmos of VETROPOD, home to the exquisitely detailed, flameworked glass sculptures made by glass artist Wesley Fleming.
Welcome to the microcosmos of VETROPOD, home to the exquisitely detailed, flameworked glass sculptures made by glass artist Wesley Fleming.
yakglass24 on Mar 10, 2017
This fairy is incredible, I could get lost in its detail for hours. I love Wes's work and how he's able to bring his creations to life.
MacAdder on Mar 6, 2017
Have you ever been bitten by a fire ant? I have and it was not a pleasant experience. So I was very careful to avoid those mandibles when I unpacked this fellow. He seems very calm sitting on his pedestal in my office cabinet with his friends, but I’m not fooled. He’s just waiting for me to open that door so he can grab on. As always with Wes’s sculptures, very realistic and detailed. Lovely.
Bruce Felgenhauer on Feb 24, 2017
Beautiful piece, incredible detail as always, packed by the "pro"! Another beauty for my growing collection of this fine artists work.. Thanks again Wes!
Inspired by nature’s microcosmos, I create glass insects and other creatures to help spark this interest in others.
I began working hot glass at the furnace in 2001 and gained valuable experience working for Josh Simpson and the MIT Glass Lab, among others. I've always had an eye for detail and enjoys working for himself, so the switch to flameworking was a logical step. I began sculpting glass with borosilicate but preferred the more full color palette and longer working time of soft glass, after having become accustomed to it at the furnace.
In 2005, I was afforded the chance of a lifetime to study with Vittorio Costantini and Lucio Bubacco on the Venetian island of Murano. Upon gaining knowledge of the Italian technique of sculpting soft glass, I focused my attention solely on creation in this medium, primarily making glass insects for the next two years. After becoming comfortable with these techniques, I began branching out to other phyla of the animal kingdom. As a result of my experience, I was again given the wonderful opportunity to work with Vittorio Costanini, but this time as his teaching assistant at the 2008 ISGB Gathering in Oakland, California.
I am inspired by nature and seek to instill this curiosity in others through the re-creation of the more spectacular examples of the animal world, especially insects and birds. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I spent my days exploring the space beneath logs and rocks or reading science fiction. As a result the shapes and colors of the natural world, as well as my own wacky imagination, are the primary sources for my work.
With my glass beetles for example, I try to capture and mimic an actual species with intricate detail on the tiny legs and thorax. While in other pieces, I attempt to bring into being creatures from my inner reality or a dream. In some cases I merge the fantastical with the real through choice of color palette or by referencing familiar images in a mythical work. Regardless of the end result, I find great joy in sculpting glass - witnessing the transformation of a brittle and cold substance to a molten and pliable material then back to a solid form again.
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I am inspired by nature’s microcosmos, and seek to instill this interest in others by breaking down the concept that the small denizens of Earth are ugly and scary.
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