Flame Run exhibiting work of Tennessean Thomas Spake

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By Flame run.com

Flame Run is exhibiting the work of Tennessee artist, Thomas Spake, in “The World Around Us: Inspiration from the Natural Landscape.”

Spake’s glass vessels are conceived through explorations of the natural world. His process involves exploring nature as a photographer first. He photographs objects or moments that express a particlar aesthetic to him, and later, he abstracts this essence from his photographs, and translates the narrative into glass. His simple forms act as a canvas for the stories, and his cold working process reveals a tactile quality, and soft transparency, true to the nature of the material.

“Beauty can be found in many different places on our planet, from the sandy ocean floor, to mountainous peaks, and from the arid deserts, to the lush jungles,” said Spake. “I find glass to be a very impressionable material. It has the ability to be transparent, translucent or opaque, giving it the capacity to mimic the world around us; water, clouds, rock, forests, and mountains.”

“The World Around Us: Inspiration from the Natural Landscape” will be on display through May 27.

Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery is located in Louisville at 815 W. Market St. For more information, contact Kayla Bischoff at (502) 584-5353.