“I am fascinated by the endless possibilities this material has to offer. I love working with color and surface, gesture and form.”
Price range: $2,800 - $6,000
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Peter Wright
Artist Peter Wright spent twenty years in commercial construction before, as he says, “I began to seek alternatives for the second half of my life." The art world is richer for his having sought a transformation – the glass sculpture Wright produces has gained wide recognition for both its unique form and finish.
Wright had the good fortune to be raised by a mother who was a life member of the Art Institute of Chicago, a frequent destination for Wright throughout his childhood. Her love of Asian art and his own growing attraction to early indigenous arts (he collected his first African mask at age 16) created a foundation that would, later in his life, nourish Wright’s own strong artistic path.
In the year 2000, renowned glass sculptor William Morris introduced Wright to the world of glass art at the very highest level. Wright spent countless hours watching this master at work until he found himself completely drawn in and seduced by hot glass, understanding, finally, that to truly understand glass he must learn to work with it himself.
Wright studied at the famed Pilchuck Glass School in Washington as well as the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and he quickly excelled: “I am fascinated by the endless possibilities this material has to offer. I love working with color and surface, gesture and form.” A fascination with all types of indigenous arts, especially Native American, African, and Pre-Columbian shaped Wright’s influences and the statements that he wishes to express with his glass. Acid-etching or sand-blasting to remove shine ensures that viewers of his glass sculptures recognize his material only after they have responded to its form. “I am most interested in works that give me an immediate visceral reaction,” Wright notes. “I don't want to have to think about it too much, I want to feel it.”
Wright points out that glass blowing large forms is a team sport; it is a very focused and concentrated process during the hot sculpting. “No other material moves like hot glass, so it takes on a life of its own during the making.” Wright also reminds us that glass is a fragile medium - a piece can break anytime during the process. And it is a long, involved process that produces these striking pieces: It can take 3-4 hours to hot sculpt, another 40+ hours to anneal, 2-3 hours for basic cold work and 10-40 hours to design, carve and polish. Then it could take 5-10 hours to make a custom fitted stand and 2 more hours to make a custom fitted box for the piece’s transport. “And,” Wright adds, “all the years it took to get to the point to express myself this way.”