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Thomas Spake

Thomas I. Spake

"My unique approach gives the work a tactile quality that offers the audience a treat for the eyes as well as the fingers. With the blown vessel's surface exposed, the soft glow of light is transmitted through the glass, revealing the true nature of the material. "

Thomas Spake uses opaque and translucent glass to explore texture and pattern. He is inspired by the subtle yet mysterious beauty of our natural world, and his simple forms and shapes are intended to act as a canvas for the glasscapes to inhabit.

Spake uses unconventional techniques along with the inherent chemistry of the metal oxides in the colored glass to create complex patterns that imitate natural objects or landscapes. After blowing the glass, he engraves the surface to reveal the interior colors, then sandblasts the piece to create a matte finish.

Thomas Spake began blowing glass in 1994 and graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY, with a BA in art. His work quickly developed a sculptural edge with a focus on interpreting the natural world, whether through the pattern on the surface or by recreating a natural object or creature.

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Honeycomb
Art Glass Ornament

$ 35
Twilight
Art Glass Vessel

$ 350
Summit
Art Glass Vessel

$ 350
Golden Mist
Art Glass Vessel

$ 350
Majestic
Art Glass Vessel

$ 350
Sandy Simple Vase
Art Glass Vessel

$ 250
Purple Simple Vase
Art Glass Vessel

$ 250
Green Simple Vase
Art Glass Vessel

$ 250
Red Native Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 110
White Native Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 110
Green Native Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 110
Red Simple Vase
Art Glass Vessel

$ 250
White Simple Vase
Art Glass Vessel

$ 250
Blue Native Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 110
Sandy Native Vessel
Art Glass Vessel

$ 110
Maroon Bells
Art Glass Vessel

$ 350
Blue Simple Vase
Art Glass Vessel

$ 250
Red Strata Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 395
Sand Strata Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 395
Large Cascade Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 1,450
Turbulence
Art Glass Vase

$ 920
Blue Strata Vase
Art Glass Vase

$ 425
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Award of Excellence, St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO, 2016
Award of Distiction, Winter Park Arts Festival, Winter Park, FL, 2015
Fragile Illumanation (solo exhibition), Customs House Musuem, Clarksille, TN, 2015
GlassCapes: Nature Inspired Glass (solo exhibition), Turner Art Center, Valdosta, GA, 2017
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, 2019
Collections
Tennessee State Museum, Contempory Collection, Nashville, TN, 2010
Christian Brothers University, Contempory Glass Collectin, Memphis, TN, 2014