Sometimes life takes unexpected turns that lead you down a path of change and challenges. After serving as a Navy corpsman in Vietnam, Dennis Johnson attended the University of California, Berkeley studying ceramics. He discovered that running a pottery alone in Denver was not an easy task and subsequently worked for the Natural History Museum, the Children's Museum and the Black American Museum in Denver designing and building exhibits. In 1988, wanting to return to the independence of producing his own art, he subsequently studied stone carving and for the next thirteen years he produced some of his best work. His work was included in the Loveland Sculpture Show, the North American Sculpture Show and the Hiram Blauveldt Museum in addition to numerous art festivals around the country. Approaching arthritis soon limited his ability to hand-sand his sculptures and he made the switch to kinetic steel sculpture which he produced for the next ten years. Many of these pieces included glass that was either slag or fused. The inclusion of the glass in his kinetic pieces only stimulated his desire to study glass and has led to his latest artistic venture. Dennis studied warm glass in Florida and has set out to enhance the lives of many with his new media and innovative vision.
The Art Form
Warm glass is the term used for producing glass art, either decorative or functional, by cutting pieces of glass to fit a design and then kiln firing the pieces to fuse them into one piece. Through additional firings, this piece may have more glass added to the design and may be slumped into a mold to achieve a certain shape. The result produces a beautiful creation of multicolored glass that picks up the glow of the ambient light. The functional pieces are kiln fired several times to give them durability and all work is food and dishwasher safe.
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