"Seeing an aurora borealis, or watching a thunderstorm develop down the valley, or just looking up at the sky on a perfect summer night inspires me to translate some of the wonder of the universe into my glass."
One of the gallery's most popular artists, Josh Simpson was born and raised in New England. He continues to live and work locally in Western Massachusetts. For over thirty years Josh has created goblets, planets, bowls and vases that captivate his viewers' imaginations. Fueled by his own innate sense of curiosity, each piece of worked glass is an invitation to ponder the universe through a microcosmic piece of art.
The inspiration in Josh's work comes from his natural surroundings and by the properties of the glass itself. He is continuously intrigued by the technical components and problem solving involved in creating his pieces. Most glass artists would agree; when glass is hot, it is alive. About this relationship, Josh says, "Most of my work reflects a compromise between me and the glass; the finished piece is the moment in time when we agree".
Josh has received many awards including a Lifetime Membership Award from the Glass Art Society and a Humanitarian Award from Niche Magazine for his leadership in the crafts community. His work is in many national and international collections including the U.S. State Department, Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, and the Moritex Sphere Museum in Japan.
Questions about Josh Simpson? Email or call us at (413) 586-1119.