Glass Axis is pleased to have Roger Parramore’s goblets and vases on display for our July and August exhibition!
Join us Friday July 13th from 6-8pm for the gallery opening, plus see how he makes all of his incredible pieces during a torch demonstration starting at 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
Roger Parramore’s love affair with the romance of Italian glass is evident throughout his work. Light, fine, and fragile it tends to focus on the inherent strengths and weaknesses of the material. Fellow glass artist Robert Mickelsen writes: “Parramore is known for his decanter and goblet sets, lidded urns, and broad-lipped compotes. Extremely adept at forming relatively large blown forms, Parramore has sometimes been called the ‘human lathe.’ The bodies of some of his vessels are formed of clear borosilicate glass with color being reserved for ornamentation, stems, and handles. The clarity emphasizes the sense of fragility, while the form lends a feeling of strength. Others are built in the Italian incalmo style with heavily reduced colors giving the surface a ceramic-like appearance. Roger’s vessels are precise and impossibly thin. The perfect shapes of his paper-walled goblet bowls and bottles are a testimony to his extremely high skill level. His highly developed technical skills and uncompromising design aesthetics place Parramore squarely among the very best lampworkers in the world today.” Fellow glass artist and author Bandhu Scott Dunham writes: “Among lampworkers, some of the most sublime goblet bowls are created by Roger Parramore, who pays respect to the Venetian tradition. His scientifically-derived technique produces simple, dramatic, deliciously satisfying forms.” Exhibition opening is July 13, 6-8pm with a flameworking demonstration at 7pm. Be sure to come and see these exquisite pieces.
About the Artist: "Glass took me under its spell early when at the age of nine I sat glued in place watching the traveling lampworkers spin ships and unicorns. Through the years my relationship with glass has come to define a good bit of who I am. I pursued my interest through an apprenticeship in scientific glassblowing and then on into the art glass world teaching and showing my work. Some forty-four years later my fascination with this most universal of materials is ongoing. From art to manufacturing color and teaching, glass has been a near life-long companion". Roger Parramore