Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass

Water Worlds
Water Worlds


I like to pack Planets with more information than the naked eye can possibly see. I've always been fascinated by technology. I couldn't begin to build a micro-chip but some of the spaceships circling my planets probably have as many discrete elements as one. With planets, I incorporate many Venetian glass techniques, such as murrini (mosaic glass, also known as millefiori) and vetro a filigrana (filigree glass, also called latticino). These ancient traditional techniques are just where I start. The cores of Planets are full of bubbles, threads, and kaleidoscopic patterns evoking unseen landscapes and underwater worlds. I know I've succeeded when you feel like you have to look closer at one of my little worlds and then lose yourself in its textures and color.

"In effect, the Planets act much like Persian miniatures, whose small format and richly painted micro-environments were designed to encourage contemplation in an intimate, relaxed manner. The beauty of these objects simultaneously calms and excites the eye, providing a momentary flight from the mundane that refreshes the mind."

- Constantina Oldknow, from Josh Simpson: New Work, New Worlds