Joe Becker  
Abstract ~ Landscape ~ Figurative ~ Floral ~ Glass ~ Textile ~ Sculpture
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Aesthetics is a primary concern and I have attempted to achieve beauty in a finished art piece by investigating form, light, line, shadow and content inherent in glass. The openings through the surfaces of each piece create a play of line with positive and negative space. Color is a concern in that it provides an additional emotional response in the viewer, as well as supports the overall strength of the finished sculpture.

Hand blown glass is my current medium of choice due to its fluidity and optical characteristics. Extensive grinding, carving and polishing techniques remove the functionality from the hand blown vessel creating a "SCULPTURE/VESSEL."

As the Artist, I do all the blowing of the free form sculptures and all of the rough grinding and polishing to create the form that will be the finished sculpture. Horizontal diamond lapidary wheels are used for the actual cutting and carving of the glass. An assistant comes in and helps with the final polish on the shapes I have created. I can actually blow any of the pieces in about an hour or so. The grinding and polishing is the time consuming part of my work and can take up to thirty to forty hours per piece. … some even more.

* University of Wisconsin, River Falls (September 1992 to May 1994) Bachelor of Fine Arts, Broad Area Art Major, Emphasis on glass blowing, metal working, sculpture and Art History
* Anoka-Ramsey Community College (September 1989 to May 1992) Associate in Applied ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS
* Collaborative art piece accepted to Corning Glass Museum, Corning, New York