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Josh Simpson | Corona Glass Platters : The
most fascinating and unpredictable material I have ever worked with. I’ve been
trying to understand this glass for more than thirty years, but I still don’t
know for sure how any given piece will turn out. When everything goes well, the
final appearance can be just gorgeous, like a splash of liquid fire, an eddy of
swirling melted light or an exploding galaxy. When things go badly, the result
can be downright awful.
people speculate that I was inspired to invent this glass after seeing photos
of nebulae, planets, stars and distant galaxies taken by the Hubble Space
Telescope. However, while my Corona Glass does sometimes resemble those
spectacular images, the truth about its creation is a bit more complex. It is
(like my own life) a story of blind luck, stupid persistence, partially managed
chaos, incremental discovery and intermittent, occasionally astonishing,