Oregon-based artist Scott Bisson is passionate about glass blowing, and his passion clearly shows through the hand-blown glass creatures he brings to life.
Many of his creations portray aquatic creatures and amphibians, as their natural shape is perfectly resembled by the flowing qualities of molten glass.
Bisson unexpectedly fell in love with glass blowing back in high school during a chemistry class. He bent a glass tube over a Bunsen burner and realized how much he could do with heat and glass. From that moment on he was hooked.
Since his high school days, Bisson has continued to work on perfecting his art by working with a number of professional tutors. His mentors clearly saw his talents growing as they would watch him expertly shape and twist molten glass into incredible creations.
Bisson is both creative and energetic; he is always working to challenge himself in new ways. He wrote on his website, “If I don’t lose a piece a day from getting in over my head, then I am not pushing myself hard enough.”
Bisson has studied under five different masters, including the world-renowned Pilchuck School with Robert A. Mickelson. Over the years he has also met and observed Dante Marioni, Peter Novotney and William Morris.
Scott works with both blown and flameworked glass, which are two very different mediums requiring unique sets of skills. His flameworked pieces are incredibly life-like and include frogs, geckos and more. Bisson uses a blowpipe to create his larger pieces, such as paperweights and pitchers.
No matter what Bisson creates, he believes the only way to produce his very best work is by using energy and excitement. He said, “Skill is the raw material of a great piece, and drive and energy make it take shape.”
If you purchase one of these breathtaking life-like hand-blown glass creatures Bisson recommends handling them by their heads. No matter how realistic they look, “They don’t mind and they don’t bite.”
Photo Credits: quantumcreativeglass.com