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About Wesley Fleming

Wesley Fleming
photo: Alana Dunn Photography
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Artist's Statement

Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I spent my days exploring the space beneath logs and rocks or reading science fiction. As a result the shapes and colors of the natural world, as well as my own wacky imagination, are the main sources for my work.

With some of my glass beetles for example, I try to capture and mimic an actual species with intricate detail on the tiny limbs and thorax. While in other pieces, I attempt to bring into being a creature from an inner reality or a dream. In some cases I merge the fantastical with the real through choice of color palette or by referencing familiar images in a mythical work.

Regardless of the end result, I find great joy in sculpting glass - witnessing the transformation of a brittle and cold substance to a molten and pliable material then back to a solid form again.

About The Glass Sculptures

All of my sculptures are individually hand-made over a torch, using glass rods acquired from Venice (Italy) and properly annealed in a digitally-controlled kiln. I welcome any comments and ideas you have about my glass art!

Purchasing

If you'd like to purchase my glass sculptures, check out the list of galleries which represent me and any upcoming shows I am participating in - you can head on down and check out my work first-hand! I also do custom commissions, provided they are in my general realm of capability. Let me know what you would like!

Wesley Fleming - example of signature on glass

Identifying My Work

I have signed all of my work, since about 2007, with a titanium pen - work is signed: "Wes" and dated with the year. The signature is usually located between the front legs of the piece, so for an insect this would be on the underside of its thorax. For birds, it is usually behind, or in front of the legs. For pieces where it is not feasible to sign between the legs, I sign in the least intrusive place possible. For a few pieces which are too small (rarely!), I sign only my name, or a "W". Some pre-2007 work is signed with a stamped impression of my name: "Wes", generally in a less intrusive location on the sculpture.

In case you want to know more...

Some of my other interests include hiking through the mountains and picking up rocks; walking in the woods around my house; pondering the meaning of life; reading science fiction, National Geographic, or news of the world; and last, but certainly not least, spending time with my best friend and wife, Rebecca.

Sincerely,

Wesley Fleming
glass sculptor

 
 

 

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Member of the following professional organizations:
International Society of Glass Beadmakers Boston Chapter ISGB

 

Talking with Debbie Tarsitano at 2012 McDermott Glass Jam Demonstrating at Prism Glassworks in Troy NY, 2012

Talking with Debbie Tarsitano at 2012 McDermott Glass Jam

Demonstrating at Prism Glassworks in Troy NY, 2012

Demonstrating for 2011 Glass Art Society Conference, Seattle Beach time with Seattle glass crew after GAS Conference

Demonstrating for 2011 Glass Art Society Conference, Seattle

Beach time with Seattle glass crew after GAS Conference

Demonstrating for workshop at 2010 International Society of Glass Beadmakers Conference, Rochester Workshop group from 2010 International Society of Glass Beadmakers Conference

Demonstrating for workshop at 2010 International Society of Glass Beadmakers Conference, Rochester

Workshop group from 2010 International Society of Glass Beadmakers Conference

Face-to-face with a japanese unicorn beetle at University of Montana Beetle Lab With Bob Snodgras at 2009 Degenerate Flameoff

Face-to-face with a japanese unicorn beetle at University of Montana Beetle Lab

With Bob Snodgras at 2009 Degenerate Flameoff

Wesley Fleming presenting glass ant to E.O. Wilson 2009 Best Bead Show peeps

Presenting a glass leafcutter ant to E.O. Wilson, 2009

Some folks from the 2009 Tucson Best Bead Show

Wesley Fleming working in his Bozeman studio Sun in my eyes at Yellowstone Canyon

Working in my Bozeman, MT studio

Rebecca and I with the sun in our eyes at Yellowstone Grand Canyon

Vittorio Costantini class at 2008 ISGB Gathering Vittorio Costantini and Wesley Fleming at 2008 ISGB Gathering

Vittorio Costantini class at 2008 ISGB Gathering

Teach-assisting for Vittorio Costantini at 2008 ISGB Gathering

Wesley Fleming visiting Paul Stankard Wesley Fleming teaching at Bear Canyon School of Art and Craft

Visiting Paul Stankard at his studio, winter 2008

Teaching at Bear Canyon School of Art and Craft, fall 2007

Wesley Fleming talking with Gianni Toso Wesley Fleming studio setup

Talking with Gianni Toso at International Flameworking Conference, spring 2007

Ashfield, MA studio

Wesley Fleming teaching at Snow Farm Wesley Fleming at Snow Farm

Teaching at Snow Farm, summer 2006

Snow Farm High School Program 2006 Flameworking Studio

Wesley Fleming at Snow Farm Wesley Fleming and Lewis Wilson with Vittorio Costantini in Venice

Snow Farm High School Program 2005 Flameworking Studio

With Lewis Wilson, visiting Vittorio Costantini's shop
Venice, Italy, spring 2005

Wesley Fleming at Scuola Bubacco Wesley Fleming at Silvano Signoretto's

At Scuola Bubacco, spring 2005

Lending a hand at Silvano Signoretto's shop
Murano, Italy, spring 2005

Wesley Fleming with Lino Tagliapietra Wesley Fleming with Josh Simpson studio team

At demo by Lino Tagliapietra
hosted by Holsten Galleries, summer 2004

Josh Simpson studio team, summer 2003

Wesley Fleming working in MIT Glass Lab Wesley Fleming working at Fellerman and Raabe Glassworks

Working in the MIT Glass Lab, 2002

Working at Fellerman & Raabe Glassworks, 2001

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