Austin Hensley

Austin Hensley

Austin Hensley's journey into the world of glassblowing began at the tender age of nine, setting the stage for an inspiring artistic career marked by passion, dedication, and innovation. His diverse portfolio showcases a mastery of various styles and techniques, ranging from delicate small sculptures to elaborate fumed sculptures, bottles to whimsical spaceship characters.

 

Under the guidance of Zak Rowan at the Arizona Renaissance Festival and later learning from Robert Occhiline Glass, Austin honed his skills and developed a unique artistic vision that blends old-world glass blowing techniques with a modern lampworking approach to create unique nature inspired objects with abstract and surreal elements. His home in Arizona serves as a wellspring of inspiration, drawing from sources as diverse as space, family, nature, and color/texture combinations.

 

Austin's collaborative spirit shines through in his partnerships with fellow artists and designers, demonstrating his versatility and ability to adapt his distinctive style to a wide range of projects. His work has garnered widespread acclaim, gracing galleries and exhibitions across the United States.

 

At the heart of Austin’s craft lies the technique of fuming. This technique is a delicate process that infuses gold and silver metals to the surface of the glass, then heating to cause crystallization of the metals resulting in a rainbow of fantastic colors and visual textures within the glass. This is Austin’s hallmark of expertise and craft, which elevates his glassware to new heights of beauty and sophistication. By incorporating precious metals such as gold and silver, he achieves mesmerizing color variations and intricate patterns that captivate the imagination. Beyond their visual appeal, fumed glass pieces are prized for their durability and longevity, becoming cherished keepsakes for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

 

Through his artistry, Austin invites viewers to embark on a journey to the next level of discovery, where each piece serves as a portal to moments of wonder and awe. With an unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of glassblowing, he continues to inspire and captivate audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art. In the hands of a master like Austin Hensley, the world of glass becomes not just a medium, but a reflection of life's infinite potential.

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