Biography: Wesley Fleming
Wesley Fleming began working hot glass at the furnace in 2001 and gained valuable experience working for Josh Simpson and the MIT Glass Lab. In 2005, he studied with Vittorio Costantini and Lucio Bubacco on the Venetian island of Murano. Upon gaining knowledge of the Italian technique of sculpting soft glass, Fleming focused his attention solely on creation in this medium, primarily making glass insects for the next two years. After becoming comfortable with these techniques, he began branching out to other phyla of the animal kingdom.
Fleming tries to capture and mimic an actual species with intricate detail on the tiny legs and thorax. In some cases, he merges the fantastical with the real through choice of color palette or by referencing familiar images in a mythical work. Regardless of the end result, Fleming finds 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.