Lampworked Glass Creatures made by Wesley Fleming

Ashfield, Massachusetts · 477 Sales


Lampworked Glass Creatures made by Wesley Fleming

Ashfield, Massachusetts 477 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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Last updated on Apr 20, 2018

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Wesley Fleming

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Bruce Felgenhauer

Bruce Felgenhauer on Feb 22, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful stag beetle, nice gloss to glass and fine detail, perfect shipping as always, thanks Wes!

Bruce Felgenhauer

Bruce Felgenhauer on Feb 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Nice addition to the collection, in this fine sculpture the grey and very subtle green make it a real winner, as always, excellent work by this talented artist. Thanks, Wes!

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I make every item in my shop by sculpting from glass rods which I melt over a torch, a process known as "lampworking." In this photo, I am building legs and antennae on the Sapphire Jewel Longhorn Beetle, after sculpting all of the details for its body.
Iridescent Purple Damselfly, resting briefly on a blade of grass before zipping off after its next meal! This GLASS specimen is very true-to-life, including the proper number of tarsal foot segments, tiny claws, eye color, and shimmering ephemeral wings.


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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Last updated on July 24, 2016

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All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. However, if a piece encounters a mishap during the journey to its new home, I will do my best to make it right for you!
SAFE SHIPPING GUARANTEED, if any breakage occurs along the journey to you I will pay return shipping costs, repair and ship it back to you! Please see the REVIEWS of my shop, for all the great feedback on my shipping success to my customers.

I ship via U.S. Postal Service and generally ship only one day a week.

Orders shipped to countries outside of U.S may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the destination country. The recipient of an international shipment may be subject to such import taxes, customs duties and fees, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient; I have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you should contact your local customs office for further information. When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond original delivery estimates.