Gabriele Küstner and Josh Simpson Collaborative Glass Vases Please click on the images below to see more information and to purchase unique collaborative Carved Corona Vases.
Josh met Gabriele Küstner in 1990 when both were at the Pilchuck Glass School, north of Seattle. The two artists could not be more different in their personalities or the techniques they use. Working with molten liquid glass requires grace and quick reflexes coupled with an overarching desire for immediate gratification. Josh can never touch the hot glass objects he creates without suffering serious consequences. On the other hand, carving glass requires extreme care, patience and a willingness to cradle a piece in hand and work on a single object for days or even weeks at a time utilizing multiple abrasive and diamond wheels to make minute striations and deep cuts into the surface of the glass... an art perfectly suited to Gabriele's more measured and precise personality. Gabi and Josh have co-instructed at the Corning Museum of Glass for years. this past May, Gabi traveled from her native Germany to spend an intense month working in Massachusetts. Josh in turn has saved special corona pieces over the past three years with the expectation of working together for an extended time. You can see the first results of this project in their "Carved Corona Vase" series.