I spoke with artist Maccabee Shelley at the art galleries on Thursday. Shelley is a post-baccalaureate student who sparked a true interest in ceramics in his mid-20’s and committed as an artist in 2010. Glass was the theme of the majority of his art pieces. His art pieces revolved around ceramics and glass. At this specific gallery, many of the pieces were comprised of only melted glass.
Shelley stated that he would melt a trash can full of glass bottles. The process is long and time consuming. It takes Shelley a week to melt and form only one part of an entire art piece. He believes glass is beautiful and scary at the same time. It can be smooth or jagged and sharp. He also informed me of the undermined value of glass. It will outlast any other material we can make as people. Glass can also withstand heat more than most materials. It used to be treasured by humans and now it is merely a waste product. He also mentioned that glass is used as gloss for ceramics. It is a feared material by many artists because it can be dangerous to work with, but he wanted to make pieces purely with glass since he found it exciting.
He spoke about art in general. Shelley stated that the human language is limited from the ability to fully express oneself. Art is a broad and articulate way for people to do so.