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Internationally known glass artist Josh Simpson creates imaginative orbs filled with his interpretations of space and our home planet, Earth. Josh earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from New York's Hamilton College. After deciding to work in glass full time he opened his studio in rural New England in 1972. Josh has taught at several propionate institutions including Wanganui Polytechnic University, Wanganui, New Zealand; the Corning Museum, Corning, NY; the Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Tokyo, Japan; the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME; and the Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC. His work has received may prestigious awards including: Lifetime Membership Award, Glass Art Society; Peoples's Choice Award, Crafts at the Castle; and Juror's Award: "Artists Look at Earth," National Air and Space Museum. He also has been President and Treasurer of the Class Art Society, and a member since 1972. Josh's work has been published in the Corning Museum's distinguished New Glass Review 5 and 8 and has been featured in LIFE, the Smithsonian Magazine, and the New York Times. Also, in March of 1990 he received a feature article in OMNI Magazine. Josh's work can be seen in major galleries and museums throughout the United States and the world. Josh's masterfully crafted orbs entice both the eyes and mind. These works range in size from a few inches to more than a foot in diameter. In his series, Inhabited Planets, colorful elements resembling mountains, glaciers, and the sea are encased in clear crystal. In another series, New Mexico, roles are reversed with Josh's feet on the ground in New Mexico looking up at the night sky filled with twinkling stars. Josh explains his interest in space as, "utterly fascinated with space exploration I grew up with the seven original astronauts and I followed their progress avidly." It is no surprise Josh's fascination with space carried into his love life when he married astronaut Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Catherine "Cady" Coleman, Ph.D. Coleman has taken one of her husband's Planets on a Space Shuttle Columbia Mission in 1995.
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