The Art of It: Of Light and Color
Transforming ordinary glass into something exquisite
Photograph by Jake Borden
Discreetly tucked down a dirt road in Tyringham is the summer home and studio of Henry Richardson. Not to be confused with Henry Richardson, the architect, or Henry Richardson, the philosopher, this Richardson is a glass sculptor, a skilled artisan transforming regular old glass into exquisite pieces.
Glass as a medium allows both the artist and observer a translucent experience of light and color and with Richardson, the result is icy-looking orbs and towers. The master glass artist’s 9/11 memorial piece is on permanent display in Danbury, Connecticut, and he just completed a series of tiered towers.
Wearing industrial gloves and using a hammer and chisel, Richardson smashes plate glass into shaped pieces and then injects dye into the tiers, creating a core of colors, primarily sapphire blues and fuchsia pinks.
You can view his work in November at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut.