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jennifer umphress: capturing movement

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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Twilight Octopus






Coral Octopus

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.

For more about Umphress, read this article and see the entire portfolio on her website. The Flow magazine’s summer 09 (current) issue also has an article about her – you can purchase it here.



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


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