2009 Niche Award winner Jennifer Umphress works ten hours a day, six days a week – but it doesn’t feel like work to her. The Washington based lampworker says that if it did feel like work, she probably wouldn’t do it. I like the way she thinks.
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Umphress won the Niche Award in her category for the Coral Octopus pictured above – a fine example of the skill she has developed in capturing movement in glass sea-life. Those tentacles look like they are going to reach out and grab you in one swift motion.
I have worked with cold glass and other mediums besides lampworking. But once I discovered the rush of creating with constant motion and having no time to think but instead feel my piece I was completely captivated. Although my inspiration comes from the ocean, I am most intrigued by capturing movement. I try to emulate the movement of sea life in a simple contemporary form. Jennifer Umphress