In the medium of glass, I have discovered my real passion. I find glass to be physically demanding and tactile, yet also emotionally transformative. I enjoy striving to overcome the obstacles inherent in the physical process of firing and cooling this fragile and recalcitrant material—for so in doing I find myself exploring my own reactions to the natural word and to the lovely, primary forms found there. These days, as I mold, cast, and grind glass objects, I often find myself seeing the natural world as glass and through glass, and I am brought ever closer to an understanding of my own aesthetic responses. In my recent work, I have often used found objects, mainly of these naturally polished or uniquely shaped stones. I often join such natural objects, usually collected locally from streams and abandoned quarries, and national parks with cast and cold-worked glass pieces that are themselves shaped and polished in such a way as to aesthetically compliment or echo those naturally-occurring forms; in hopes not to compete with, but to synchronize with the natural asthetic as an ode to something larger.
For me, nature is a neo-religious force that provides inspiration and creates awe and wonder. The natural world is my cathedral and, I believe, calls all of us to our higher selves. Moreover, nature provides many truths, both historical and eternal. It is also important to me that I continue to find ways to express the natural world with glass.
John Almaguer first decided he wanted to try glassblowing in his early teens. Years later he finally got a chance to try out glassblowing for himself. When John took his first gather of glass he felt like a little kid in a candy store, and has been creating with glass ever since. This fire dancer creates sculptures and blown forms through this substance that is much like lava.
John has received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Glass, won multiple awards for his work, and his work is collected around the world. Almaguer also apprenticed in Murano, Venice, where John lived and worked directly before he came to Asheville, NC, where he currently makes his work and lives with his wife and kids.
Creating something that has never been seen before excites me. I make unseen things come alive in the manifest realm. What a joy to dance this dance of creating works that God dreamt of making through me long before I even breathed. And now I breathe, and art is formed. - John Almaguer
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