Here at IgniteMe we love to feature artists on the rise, and after only 7 months on the torch E-Box has just finished a whole bunch of work for the summer as well as his bio…. Plus he’s got more stuff on the way! Check it out!
My Glassblowing name is E-Box. I am 21 years old and I recently started blowing borosilicate glass 7 months ago starting in March 2011. I have picked up rather quickly from an inspirational artist named Sasha Hess. I met Sasha out in Colorado at a String Cheese Incident show which happens to be my favorite band, and coincidentally he lived 20 minutes away from me in Jacksonville Florida. Him and his wife became my friend at first and eventually that friendship brought me into the wrath of glassblowing and made me feel like I was part of their family.
He taught me the basics and let me watch him blow glass whenever I wanted. Eventually he let me get on a torch right next to his station where he blew glass and the magic started happening from there. I first started out making small little pendants and lattachinos and eventually grew on to making essential oil dishes. From there I decided to buy my own equipment and set up a studio in less than a 10×10 room. I ended up converting a bathroom into a studio and started buying my own glass.
I am very interested in striking colors, how they work in the flame and how they change color according how they cool down and heat up. I am still slowly but surely building technique and learning something new with glass everyday I work. I find glass to be interesting because it consists of elements of the earth being constructed into sculpture. Not only did I find out how to construct sculpture but I found out the sculptures I starting making became functional pieces of art work people could use and enjoy on a daily basis. I enjoy the the physical and mental challenge it provides whenever you start on a new piece. I also enjoy meeting new glassblowers because most of them can relate to my personality and how I function as a person on a day to day basis. I hope that my artwork progresses with my personality and eventually gets to a point of success where I will be able to know how the glass works to perfection. I have many inspirations in my life and I want nothing more than to make those people who inspire me happy with what I do with my life. Glass has not only taught me patience but it has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind too.
A big THANK YOU goes out to the glass community and I can’t wait to see the progression of glass as I live my life.
Currently, E-box is saving up for some nicer equipment and to also move to the Oregon area to learn from the best up there! his work is available on a regular basis if you contact him via Facebook, if you’re looking for something truly unique that won’t break the bank this is your guy! We look forward to see what’s next from E-box and we’ve already placed an order for some of his work here at the IgniteMe office.
Here are some more pictures!