Josh Simpson

"Sometimes, seeing an aurora borealis, watching a thunderstorm develop, or just looking at the sky on a perfect summer night compels me to translate some of the wonder of the universe into my glass."

Josh Simpson is moved by the beauty of the night sky and other astronomical phenomena. Physics, cosmology, and the workings of the universe fascinate him, as do high temperature chemistry, powered flight, and all things mechanical. Contradiction, paradox, and magic lead him to experiment and often push him far outside his comfort zone.

For Simpson, glass possesses an inner light and transcendent radiant heat that make it simultaneously one of the most rewarding and one of the most frustrating materials to work with. He tries to coax and shape...but the glass just wants to drip on the floor! Most of his work reflects a compromise between himself and the molten material; each finished piece is a solidified moment when they both agree.

Josh Simpson received a BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He has shown his award-winning work around the USA and across the world, from New Mexico to The Netherlands, Iowa to Taiwan. His work can be found in notable public collections including the Corning Museum of Glass, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.