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Henry Richardson's Artistic Genius: Creating Spheres From Sheets of Glass

When Henry Richardson decided to be an artist, he opted out of art school and decided to take a more direct route delving right in. Self-taught, he started as a painter and eventually worked his way up to his current passion, glass sculpture. While many glass art is done by blowing or casting, Richardson instead fuses glass sheets together to create amazing orbs and towers. His method involves cutting arcs of glass that form rings, layering them to eventually form a perfect sphere. His art pieces have been shown at museums all over, including the Frost Museum in Miami and the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and are eagerly bought up by art enthusiasts. In 2012 he won the Artist of the Year award from Dcota Design Center.

In this telling interview, Richardson discusses his process, the environment of the art world, where his inspiration comes from, and what it was like to create a 9/11 memorial for the town of Danbury, Connecticut.

Mila Pantovich: How did you get into sculpting with glass?

Henry Richardson: I'm self taught and I started working as a painter and did realist paintings. One of the series of paintings I did was of men working on steel beams, which kind of broke up the canvas in an abstract way. To get onto the job site I got myself certified in steel and concrete inspection. So I actually walked the beams, took a lot of photographs and sketches and did a whole series of painting along that line, but I also became very familiar with the materials. I became intrigued with the idea of using concrete with strips of glass embedded in the concrete so the light would come through it. I was kind of painting in color but with light, through the surface of the concrete. In working with the glass and the concrete I started to evolve into understanding glass as a medium.

Mila Pantovich

Mila Pantovich lives in San Diego, CA with whatever animals she is fostering at the time. With a degree in Literature/Writing and a Minor in Film Studies, she holds a marketing position at a prestigious law firm and has written for several publications, including JustLuxe, Citizine and Huffington Post. In her spare time she writes film reviews for various online publications, works on a creative n...(Read More)

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