Featured Artist Jim Loewer

Jim Loewer loves turning solid glass into liquid and then back again into glass, using his creativity to design beautiful and functional pieces of art. Visit his website to see more of his work.

 

“Blue Water Drop Bowl” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 5”H x 6”D by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Water Drop Bowl” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 5”H x 6”D

 

My work is affordable blown glass made on a torch. Despite my low price point, I hope that the work’s contemporary look makes it at once homey and high end looking. I want the unique quality of the work to make each piece, from ornaments to small vases and tumblers, one of a kind and special for its owner.

 

“Striped Gourd Vase” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 10”H by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Striped Gourd Vase” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 10”H

 

I am currently working on some bigger non functional pieces with the goal of adding a higher end line to my work.

 

Mix of Striped Vases and Bowls, Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, Various Sizes by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Mix of Striped Vases and Bowls, Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, Various Sizes

 

I want to be able to produce tabletop, kitchen, and gift items, while introducing occasional one-of-a-kind sculptures.

 

“Green and Yellow Platter” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 11”D by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Green and Yellow Platter” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 11”D

 

Because of the durability of borosilicate (pyrex) I am looking to make sculptures with moving parts. I am experimenting with gears and simple machines in glass.

 

“Heart Shaped Bowl” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 6”D by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Heart Shaped Bowl” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 6”D

 

I am also currently expanding my lessons and experiences for beginners for local people or visitors to the Philadelphia area. These are often team building experiences and are designed more for the uninitiated to allow them to get a feel for the glass melting in the flame than to teach another hippie to take my job.

 

Mix of Vases and Bowls, Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, Various Sizesby artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Mix of Vases and Bowls, Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, Various Sizes

 

I am inspired by the hard streets of Philadelphia and my occasional visits to nature. However, my main inspiration is the medium of borosilicate glass and the process of working it on a torch.

 

“Patch Platter” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 11”D by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Patch Platter” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 11”D

 

Although flameworking is arguably the first form of “glassblowing” and is quite old, borosilicate was originally used only in functional applications and its use as art glass is still new and wide open.

 

“Swirl Gourd Vase and Swirled Tumblers” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 10”H and 4.5”H x 2.74”D by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Swirl Gourd Vase and Swirled Tumblers” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 10”H and 4.5”H x 2.74”D

 

This leaves so much room for pushing the boundaries of the medium, experimenting, and even inventing completely new techniques.

 

“Colorful Tumblers” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 4.5”H x 2.74”D by artist Jim Loewer. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Colorful Tumblers” Lampworked Borosilicate Glass, 4.5”H x 2.74”D

 

I also like to slip into a friend’s furnace shop every so often, play around with soft glass, and then come back and experiment with how I can alter those traditional techniques for use on a torch with pyrex.

 

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