Jim O’Shea got on the torch in Illinois in 2012 at the age of 19. He had been fascinated by glass art since he saw a glassblowing demo at a renaissance fair when he was young. His friends showing him their new borosilicate pipes is what got Jim on the torch. He saw the details in the fuming, and in particular the intricate details in marbles, and he wanted to try his hand. Jim’s natural affinity for detail work is apparent in his art. His micro millies are often Space Time grids being warped and spun and they are amazing. The details are where it’s at on Jim’s art.
Jim’s style is fairly unique because he is self taught. He bought ‘Contemporary Lampworking’ by Bandhu Dunham, and got busy reading. He also found TalkGlass, like many glass artists did at one time, and starting extensively reading there trying to learn his way into being a glassblower. Eventually Jim found he liked fuming precious metals on clear boro more than working with various colors. Fuming provided unlimited color for him to work with. This type of individual artist development often leads to a unique style, and that true of Jim’s work. His work is identifiable at a glance. We’re excited to add stunning art like this to our little gallery!
Fantastic Peace Pipe steamroller by Jim O’Shea. Millies on the fore and aft of the bowl add great detail to the piece. Bold and subtle fume tones change throughout the piece and are wonderful. A kickstand marble with a beautiful grid warp fume set the piece off. There are four total micro millies on the can, and two more on the bowl. The shimmering fume tones in the stem are fantastic! Red and orange in direct light, but the stem is violet in indirect light or shade. An amazing steamroller.
At 5 inches long, 2.25 inches tall, and 1.4 inches wide including marble, this is small piece that leans toward medium. Easy to hold and handle, and nice beefy feel to the boro. The oxygen blast can cause headrushes, so it’s best to sit down when you roll. Stunning glass from Jim O’Shea!