Public Commission in Chattanooga, TN

It’s official! I got a commission to make a couple of glass and stone benches in Chattanooga, TN! Below I’ve re-posted the image of the pieces I’m doing just as a reference. Weston Sketch

Below:  I’m also working on smaller studio/gallery pieces with glass cast to match stone. These take a while to make since there are so many steps…which is why most of the time you’ll see in process shots…here are a few snapshots of work in progress:summer 2013 4 042 summer 2013 4 074 summer 2013 4 080 Summer 2013 5 006

 

 

My new job! Professor of Practice, Tulane University

This past week I found out that I’m the new professor of practice in the glass department at Tulane University! A lot of incredible people applied and I’m honored to have been chosen. I’ll be replacing Steven Durow, who’s been a great friend, mentor, and amazing professor of practice at Tulane – Salisbury University is lucky to have him as the new head of their glass department.

Other News:

I’ve advanced to the final stage in the Chattanooga, TN bench commission competition! Now the community will vote on the proposals of nine artists, selecting five to create benches for their project. Below was a sketch I included in my proposal for the project:

Weston Sketch

Newest Piece:

I’ve spent the past couple of months investing a lot of time into just a couple of pieces. The second piece in the series is halfway to completion, and is featured below–it contains 400 separately engraved/enameled tiles. After fusing the individual tiles together in a kiln, the topography of the places I traveled to on my road trip this summer reveals itself. I want to send a special thanks to Laurel Porcari, who has generously given me most of the bullseye glass I’ve spent the past year working with–Thanks Laurel!!!

Blue topo

And one more thing: check out this video on Prince Rupert Drops

If it doesn’t blow your mind, no one can help you.:

http://youtu.be/xe-f4gokRBs

 

Chattanooga, TN!

I was recently selected as a finalist for a public seating sculpture competition in Chattanooga, TN. If you know anyone that lives near Glass street in Chattanooga, tell them to get out there and vote for my proposed benches or send an email to the organization in mid May!Here’s a link to the website of the organization that’s putting on the competition.

http://www.glasshousecollective.org/
…and here are some ‘no frills’ images of the benches (on my homemade dinner table) I’m proposing:

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A boulder cut into sections, put back together with glass sandwiched in between…

Awesome Album

Check out this album by my brother Jason Lambert. Every one of my siblings has a creative ability-here’s you’re chance to own a piece of his. He’s also a great father, super cool dude, and the kind of fella who buys two pairs of his favorite shoes and puts the second “on ice.” Cool level: sub-zero. Check it out, buy the album, and pass it on. Better yet, buy two and give it to someone you know who needs good music (please no pirating, he works his butt off and deserves real support!).Jason Lambert

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jason-lambert/id302006625

Urban Outlaw

I was more inspired by this video than most anything I’ve seen in the past few months. The day after seeing it I made a ‘thump trunk’ for my sister’s wedding. It may not be a home-made Porsche, but I was proud of it wither way, and it sounded pretty damn good!

Project Posterhttp://www.reelhouse.org/mos/urbanoutlaw/urbanoutlaw

 

thump trunk

And on a final note: below is a picture of my most recent piece that’s headed to Cincinnati for a show in two weeks at the

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To new and old: friends and traditions

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My friend Stefan from elementary school, after taking a whopping bite out of a boiling hot, fresh-out-the-fryer shrimp and alligator tail poboy.

Stefan came down from Philly to visit during Mardi Gras and we supped at all the best joints in town, sipped the finest whiskeys and discussed it all– from Art to Politics to things that should never be repeated. I didn’t make much art, but as some famous person once said: “Artists who lead interesting lives make interesting art”February 2013 090

Company Burger. The best burger I know of. Probably the most damaging to my health as well. Good thing I only eat vegetables at every other meal…

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This is Carlos, a great guy and glass artist that I work for in New Orleans. It’s New Years Eve and he’s holding a plate of raisins that were intentionally engulfed by flame after being bathed in a carefully simmered brandy sauce. After being ignited, the lights were turned off and kids were invited to pluck the fiery raisins from the pan and pop them into their mouths. It sounds crazier than it really is, and it’s more fun than it sounds.February 2013 065

Here’s Laurel, who creates amazing architectural glass installations with her husband Joe. Both of them are incredibly nice and a blast to hang out with. This photo was taken on the night of the Muses parade, which rolls right past their beautiful studio.

Final note: I’ve woven myself into a series of three pieces that have consumed more of my time and energy than I’ve ever spent on a set of ‘small’ scale sculptures (they’re around 5′ tall). They’re works that I’ve dreamed of making for over five years. Stay tuned for the photos in the next few weeks. Each piece takes about month and dozens of steps to complete.

 

Back Online

The piece in the center is a strip of granite sandwiched by kiln cast glass, mounted on a petrified wood base.

The piece in the center is a strip of granite sandwiched by kiln cast glass, mounted on a petrified wood base. On the right hand side you can see a bluish bar of glass that will be used in the next piece in the series.

After several months of rebooting my website I’m finally back online. A big thanks to Max Gaudin, for his invaluable help with getting the site back up. Over the past two months I’ve also managed to make some large-scale kiln-cast and cold-worked sculptures of glass, granite, and petrified wood. The next piece will have topographical maps embedded in the glass. Stay tuned for professional images and more detail shots.

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Freshest of the fresh…

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This piece without the 1″ steel base weighs 33 lbs!

The process of naming work for me is usually the most difficult part of creating. There are no set rules or guidelines, but I always have a nagging sense of responsibility to get it right the first time. I don’t have kids, so this is as close as I get to creation—what if I foolishly named my creation the equivalent of Mildred or Bertha (I’m sure there are lots of wonderful Mildred’s and Bertha’s out there)? Fortunately though, I’ll have quite a few chances to get it right in my lifetime.

So here’s what I do: I start by bundling up all of the thoughts and feelings I had before, during, and after I made the piece (usually consisting of varying measures of calm acquiescence, research and experience– peppered with some unjustifiable, yet heartily entrenched rage). I roll that gummy amalgam down a steep hill and a few words are still stuck together by the time they reach the bottom of the hill or whiskey tumbler. I hammer, glue, cleave, and reconfigure those words until I’ve arrived at a name (usually binomial) that encompasses the most concise essence of the piece. Incidentally, this is similar to how I make the work.

I imagine that someday there will be no labels or artist statements, just something buried and retrieved–and I have to hope that the person who picks up my work will feel how much of myself I put into this work. That’s a fairly uncomplicated fantasy, but it persists for me, sophisticated or not. They may not have any idea what I was thinking, and it may not matter by then anyhow. I’ve considered preempting the process by burying some of these pieces out in a desert plateau or in the damp, moss-laden soil of a crisp Northwest forest as some communique with another time. I’m not quite there yet–a little too soon to go from ‘bear’ to ‘bury’.

…also, I’m still working on the title for the piece shown above…

post post script: leave a comment if you get the urge, I love hearing you’re thoughts and tangents!