LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is always on the lookout for new artists and exhibits, and they have one now that may blow your mind.
Simon Waranch is not your typical glassblower, if there is such a thing. He considers himself a Glass Artist and says that pretty much his whole life he:
“Was very creative and did a lot of art; kind of tried everything. And then when I was a freshman in high school, I was on a school trip to Italy and I saw glass blowing over there,” Waranch said.
He says when he came home to Dallas a new studio had opened up.
“And then I started taking classes there, and soon after that they asked me to be the apprentice. And following that, my sophomore, junior and senior year I was working there about 20-40 hours a week,” Waranch said.
And there he developed his love for glass blowing.
“You start with this medium where it’s 2,100 degrees and it’s a liquid, and essentially you’re turning it into a solid,” Waranch said.
There is a video playing at the museum showing his techniques.
“You can really make anything with it. So any piece starts the same depending on the shape you’re making or the patterns, and it’s just different prep work,” Waranch explained.
And many pieces are closed.
“When you have an opening in a vessel or an object you think of it as a utilitarian object; so it’s: how do I get out of that realm, how to I make this object and it appears to be a sculpture and not an object that you want to use,” Waranch said.
Simon says he’s easily done 1,000 pieces.
“I’d say the majority of this I’d made in school, and then having shows and then selling work,” Waranch said.
Simon has been working his glass art over a quarter of his life now; pretty impressive considering he’s 20 years old. I just hope he doesn’t blow it somehow, I mean, I don’t think he’s full of hot air, but if he does he’ll bounce back. After all now he’s incorporating silicon into his art.
Waranch’s glass artwork will be on display at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts through September 21.
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A new exhibit at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts melds meticulous technique, design, planning, experimentation and execution.
Simon Waranch’s “Young Maestro” exhibition is on display at the museum in downtown Longview. It features abstract human forms, as well as colorful vessels, bowls and unusual shapes.
All of the works are hand-blown with no molds used.
KLTV’s Jamey Boyum met up with the award-winning 20-year-old glassblower from Dallas.