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Artist Josh Simpson Makes Giant, Fiery Glass Planets, Coronas and Meteorites [Slide Show]

Science and a furnace turn glass and metallic oxides into fantastic worlds
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TIME OUT:

Simpson with his astronaut wife, Cady Coleman, and their son, Jamey, sitting in an Atlantis shuttle main engine.....[ More ]

ROLLING WITH IT:

Simpson rolls a molten planet in a tray of glass bits he has already colored, to create the continents and other structures inside the eventually completed world.....[ More ]

MEGAPLANET-TO-BE:

At 50 pounds, crafting a megaplanet requires heavy lifting and protection from its heat.....[ More ]

TAKING SHAPE:

Simpson prepares to torch a proto-planet that he’s pulled from his glass furnace.....[ More ]

TEKTITE, TOO:

Some tektites have reflective glass surfaces instead of portals.....[ More ]

MANMADE METEORITE:

Simpson recreates a class of meteorites known as tektites in his glass furnace; his objects have the same chemical composition as the real space-borne debris. He then fashions inset glass portals in them.....[ More ]

SATURN:

Another giant platter is formed by a glass planet and concentric glass rings. Making it, Simpson says, “involves a rigorous procedure that requires the help of all of my assistants and hours of focused labor.”....[ More ]

CORONA PLATTER RED:

Seemingly on fire.....[ More ]

CORONA PLATTER UP CLOSE:

An explosion of colored glass.....[ More ]

CORONA SUN PLATTER:

Simpson’s giant platters are inspired by the roiling sun.....[ More ]

MEGAPLANET 2:

The features inside the planets are made from bits of colored glass, and occasionally gold or platinum foil.....[ More ]

MEGAPLANET 1:

One of Simpson’s megaplanets, a foot in diameter, in the MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams, Mass.....[ More ]

GLASS ARTIST JOSH SIMPSON

creates a man-made meteorite using molten glass and metallic oxides.....[ More ]

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