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There is a hidden art to sculptures created in hot glass. It is the dance of balancing moss & coaxing it into existence, but this is a privileged view point like knowing how a magician performs his illusions. I am inspired by my team of artists which provides me with the skillful hands required to create my visions in sculpture. Everything I make requires talented assistants, and sometimes I require up to five on the most difficult sculptures. My team lets me focus on creating the sculptures of my dreams. Behind the art there is a scientist in me and I find it very satisfying to design, engineer and build my so equipment which includes crucible furnaces, oversized kilns and many various peripherals. This global view of my process gives me the ability to create custom equipment or melt special glass formulas and is a requirement for my omastery of the medium.

I create sculptures in a broad range of styles, or series. I tend to delve into a series for several months at a time then my mind will desire a new realm of creation, so I move into a new series. I internally process the work in the previous series, as well as digest the finished result of my vision. When I revisit the series I have a fresh approach and new id



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Having immersed himself in the traditional techniques of Italian glassblowing Jeff Thompson finds himself experimenting with his interpretations of this medium. His sculptures are an intelligent blend of contemporary, traditional and custom techniques that he further compliments with his diverse taste in modern sculpture. Jeff Thompson Position Thompson Studio -Independent artist creating sculptures in hot glass for collectors and art galleries, 2001-present -Personally designed & built modern hot glass studio in 2001: 350 lbs. of liquid glass in a freestanding molybdenum element electric furnace & all associated studio equipment. -Oregon Art Beat Alumni, October 2007, episode 906 Education -Master Class Batching Colored Glasses, 2013 -Pilchuck Glass School, 2009 -Eugene Glass School, 2003 -Pratt Fine Arts School, 1998 -Maude Kerns Art School, 1997 -University of Oregon, Undergraduate Studies 1995-1997 Selected Exhibitions 2013 -Tacoma Museum of Glass, Red Hot Party, featured artist -Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery, Dallas TX, featured artist 2012 -Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery, Dallas TX, featured artist 2010 -Tacoma Museum of Glass Red Hot Party, featured artist -Maui Art Glass Invitational, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort, Maui, Hawaii -The Bender Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina, featured artist -Carlyn Galerie, Dallas Texas Glass Invitational -Elements Gallery, Bellevue Washington, featured artist -RNS Showhouse, Ocean City New Jersey, featured artist 2009 -Carlyn Galerie, Dallas Texas Glass Invitational -Rotunda Gallery, Central Oregon Community College 2008 -High Desert Museum, Bend Oregon, Desert Visions -Ice Fine Jewelry, Bend Oregon, Featured Artist -Betty Gray Gallery, Sunriver Oregon, Rock and River 2007 -Betty Gray Gallery, Sunriver Oregon, Celebrations? -Tower Theatre, Bend Oregon, Fall Art Hop -Sunriver Library, Bend Oregon, Featured Artist -Tower Theatre, Bend Oregon, Spring Art Hop 2006 -Barclay Gallery, Sisters Oregon, Art in the Dark -Tower Theatre, Bend Oregon, Fall Art Hop -Oxygen Urban Art Gallery, Bend Oregon, Grand Opening -Barclay Gallery, Sisters Oregon, A Touch of Red 2005 -Ernst & Ernst Gallery, Cannon Beach Oregon, Spring Unveiling -Carlyn Galerie, Dallas Texas, Pearls of the Sea -Alder Gallery, Coburg Oregon, La Petite XII -Contemporary Crafts Museum, Portland OR, Drinking Glass Competition 2004 -Oregon State University, Corvalis Oregon, Handmade in Oregon -Ernst & Ernst Gallery, Seaside Oregon, Totems and Waves 2003 -IceFire Gallery, Cannon Beach Oregon, Spring Unveiling2002 -Firehouse Gallery, Vancouver WA, Inspirations from the Sea Television 2007 -Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting, October, episode 906 Selected Publications 2007 -Community Living, featured artist
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