Meet the Artist: Josh Simpson

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April 20, 2005
Josh Simpson - Megaplanet

Only someone with the imagination and playfulness of Josh Simpson would create wondrously detailed imaginary "planets" and "worlds" in glass and then give them names like "inhabited" or "uninhabited" (the image on the reverse is an "inhabited "vase) — or think of giving away the small "planets" so they can be buried around the world for future archeologists to find. His ceaseless curiosity about what unknown parts of the universe might look like—combined with his characteristic perfectionism—have made him one of the most well known and popular artists working in glass today.

Attempting to replicate the mysterious blue of a spent nuclear reactor assembly (which he has seen firsthand), Josh created a distinctive blue glass he calls "New Mexico." This is the background color of the bowls and vases inspired by Josh's dreams of secret universes and oceans. His "tektites" are imaginary meteorites with intricately detailed and colored landscapes nestled inside glass casings as rough and abraded as real meteorites. His largest Megaplanets are artistic and technical tours de force, some weighing as much as 95 pounds.

On April 20, Josh will discuss his experience as a virtually self-taught artist and he will show slides of how he creates his visionary landscapes in glass.