On Saturday, October 23, 2021, we visited the Studio of New York City glass artist Jamie Harris.
A graduate of Brown University, Jamie went on to train in glassmaking with many Italian and American master glassblowers. Jamie has been designing and producing his own work since 1998.
Early on in his career, Jamie began turning away from his technical explorations of design and craft and began to approach his glass sculptural work more from a painterly perspective than as a traditional glassblower. His work is about capturing the innate way glass transmits, reflects, and absorbs color. The process of glassblowing, the way the glass glows and transmits colors in its making, continues to inform and inspire Jamie’s work.
Jamie’s recent sculptural work has been a series of kiln-cast color-field panels, an ever- changing examination of color modulation, evoking emotional responses through visual contrast. In these Infusion Block sculptures and wall panels, Jamie uses the Italian- trained techniques of layering and banding multiple colored bubbles of glass as a way to generate washes of sensuous, painterly color in a solid mass. These reinterpretations of the “incalmo” format track in place the flowing movement of molten glass, capturing the subtle gradation from a whisper of transparent color to a saturated intensity. Jamie’s latest work explore his Infusion series in a variety of media, including glass, paper, and digital prints.
Jamie’s work has been collected by the Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, AL), the Museum of American Glass (Millville, NJ), and Glasmuseum Ebeltoft (Ebeltoft, Denmark). Jamie has received numerous fellowships and awards, including those from the Corning Museum of Glass, Creative Glass Center of America, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group.