Fine Art Ceramics and Art Glass capture the dance of light and color like nothing else.

Fine Art Ceramics and Art Glass creation occur at intimate and architectural scale, challenging the artist’s relationships to object, surface, transparency, light and space.

NW By NW Gallery Featured Fine Art Ceramics and Art Glass Artists

Steve Jensen  |  Angelita Surmon

Art glass sprang from a revolution in glass making in the mid 1800s, when glass blowers began experimenting with different colors, patterns, and textures. The subsequent melding of artistry and technique resulted in a wide variety of beautiful handmade objects such as vases, lampshades, bowls, bottles, paperweights, figural works, and even marbles.

An artist of Art & Architectural Glass can be inspired by any number of things: a dream, memory, or feeling, or more tangible things like nature, people, or a location. While anyone can look at something beautiful and be inspired by it, moved by it — it takes an artist to take that inspiration and create something entirely new from it.

Among ceramics, porcelain, silica and clay vary in chemical composition, refinement, and application.  The artist combines inspiration, technique and science to forge works of art that challenge the viewer. The resulting work is a tactile and visual feast that can be incorporated into your home, office, and community. 

Museum of Glass

While in the region, consider a visit to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

The Museum boasts the Hot Shop Amphitheater, a large glass studio, where visitors can watch artists create art from molten glass.  Located inside the 90-foot tall steel cone, the Amphitheater is the most-recognized aspect of the Museum from an architectural perspective.

The Museum was envisioned as a center that would nurture artists, celebrate the dramatic new Studio Glass movement and encourage creativity.  This vision is realized through the exhibitions in the galleries, the art installations on the outdoor plazas, the hands-on art studio, and the Museum’s diverse educational programs, as well as the Hot Shop. 

The Museum’s stainless steel cone serves as a beacon to a stunning contemporary art museum as well as a symbol for the restoration of a waterway and the revitalization of a city.