City of Knoxville Tennessee Arts CommissionAmerican Alliance of Museum

February 6, 2009 – April 19, 2009 ---- Videos Online

Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass follows the career arc of this self-taught master from his early traditional pieces to the spectacular tour-de-force multi-layered works of the present.

The selection of more than 100 objects from the artist’s personal collection documents his fascination with undersea life, astronomy, as well as the pure process of glass blowing. Included in the selection are works from Simpson’s various series—Goblets, Tumblers, Iridescent Vases, Perfume Bottles, Portals, Tektites, Planets, Copper Baskets, and Inhabited Vases.

Organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art; illustrated catalogue available.

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Josh Simpson (American, born 1949)
Inhabited Vase (detail), 2004
Blown multiple layer silver glass with hot worked inclusions
13.5 x 7 x 7 inches
Collection of the Huntsville Museum of Art, funds provided by Alice Chang

Josh Simpson (American, born 1949)
Iridescent Multiple Layer Flower Vases , 1982
Blown and encased glass
5.5 x 5.5 x 6.75 inches and 7 x 5 x 5 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Josh Simpson (American, born 1949)
Iridescent Tektite , 1994
Meteorite formula glass with silver glass interior
12.5 x 8.25 x 8 inches
Courtesy of the artist