This amazing sphere is really more than a paperweight. First is quite large, and second, it is hotblown and not lampworked or cast in the manner of most paperweights. It is a wonderful, one of a kind piece from Patterson – including the glow in the dark green pigment visible through the window in the top of the piece!
Peter loves being constantly challenged on different glass processes and techniques is reflected in the many glass styles he creates. Much of his inspiration comes from nature, life experiences, and underwater experiences in scuba diving. The fluidness of glass is constantly in motion and lends a certain amount of unpredictability which makes glassblowing fun. In that last decade he has felt compelled to give back to the community some of the knowledge about glass and glassblowing. He has taught classes in glassblowing using many of the different techniques acquired over the years. The students come away with a better understanding of glass and its properties in the artworld. Patterson exhibits his work all over the world. It can be seen in many galleries across the country.
American, b. 1955, Cincinatti, OH, based in Mundelein, IL