Art Glass Artist
Sam Stark Biography
I first saw molten glass as a boy, and the idea of making it consumed me.
For the next thirty years, I immersed myself in the techniques necessary to
work with such an old and complex material. I have recently developed a new
approach for the creation of colors in my work. By blending primary colors
in over lapping layers of clear glass, I am using color as a painter,
creating unique hues and tones. This has become a major focus in my new
work. Something magical happens when the glass traps the light between the
layers. The pieces become luminescent almost to the point of looking wet.
Light, color, transparency and opacity have always intrigued me. Pursuing
color theory and the physics of light has inspired my new pieces that work
in harmony with color. As the light passes completely through a piece of
glass it encounters only two optical boundaries, the first on entering, and
the second on leaving. The light then shines into the human eye, whose cones
send messages to the brain, perceiving color. In the piece light bounces
continuously between the layers, reflecting the energy of the colors, whose
dimensions and directionality delineate areas in their own way. When a
variety of different colors harmonize, the unity process balances images,
and the colors’ visual synergy determines the final form of the piece. This
combination of movement, light, and color creates a dramatic form, captured
by the glass. This is my art.
Asheville Film Festival, North Carolina, the
21 Battery Park, Asheville, NC, Galapagos
Installation. Completion Date February 2005
International Ski Film Festival, Crested
For Michelin Tire Corporation the "Michelin
Man" in solid crystal
Commerce Union Bank, Nashville, TN
Numerous private commissions have been
created over the last thirty years
- Penland School of Crafts. Assistant to Willy Anderson,
- Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Lino Tagliapietra,
Italian glass technique.
- 1989 Dale Chihuly- guest assistant to Chihuly, working with
Martin Blank, Seattle
- 1989 Loredano Rosin, Italian solid master, second assistant
during G.A.S. Conference in Toronto, Canada
- 1987 Penland School of Crafts. Spring concentration, special
assistant to Finn
Lynngaurd and Chi Munch
- 1979-1981 College of Idaho, with Michael Taylor. Helped open
Glass Program and build Studio. Enrolled triple major in Art,
Psychology and Philosophy.
- 1973-1978 Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN under
Built glass Studio and helped develop Glass Program. Sculpture
and Art Metals with Michael Sanford.
- 1972-1976 Naples Mills School of Arts and Crafts, Naples,
NY. Summer program, 1972 & 1973 student of Michael Taylor, Kim
Newcomb, Marvin Lipovsky, Tom Kekic, Larry Livosi, James Nadel.
1976 teaching assistant to Carl Schantz, Michael Taylor, Leon
Applebaum, Marvin Lipovsky.
- 1972 Haystack-Hinckley School of Crafts, Hinckley, ME under
the direction of Erling Heisted, Head of Dartmouth Art
Department. The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was
integrated with Hinckley School, a prep-school, affording high
school Students the opportunity to study crafts with
professional artists. Summer student First blew glass in Michael
Taylor’s Introduction to Glass Blowing.
- 1971-1972 Hinckley School, Hinckley, ME. Studied ceramics
with Erling Heisted, Metals with Richard Benson
Sam and his wife Oksana and their two children
live in Asheville, North Carolina.