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Conversations with John Simpson

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Simpson. 

Hi John, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started selling glass art while Following The Grateful Dead back in 1994. After Jerry Garcia died in 1995, I met Russ of Phat Glass Works in San Francisco; I sold glass for him for two years until ’97, when he began teaching me the craft. I worked for Russ for about a year, then ventured out on my own, and the rest is history. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My glass career has been full of ups and downs. I started a family early on and spent more time being a father than I spent on my ‘career.’ I’ve had periods of success and periods of tribulations, but I never stopped moving forward, finally finding my footing over the last 2 years…now 25 years in. Never stop following your dreams! 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I began micro dosing mushrooms in Oct 2017 and quickly discovered the ‘Stoned Ape Theory’ by Terrance McKenna which has become my current project in glass. From Monkey to Man, #yearofthewook 

I wanted to create life-like characters that I could eventually evolve into a more human character. so I began with the eyes, the windows to the soul. They have been evolving ever since. Until now, I have only made heads (pendants) of my Stoned Apes I’ve named ‘Wooks’ Now, the real fun begins as I devolve bodies, scenes, and the story of The Stoned Apes’ I am extremely proud of this project. And to sculpt them in glass makes it all the better. 

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I read every day for at least a couple hours. Everything from news and current events to historical articles science etc. Podcasts on everything from politics to art. Paleontology videos on YouTube. 

Pricing:

  • Glass can range in price from 50$ to
  • 10k and more…

Contact Info:

  • Website: Wooks.com
  • Instagram: @blusunglass
  • Facebook: Blu Sun Glass
  • Twitter: @blusunglass


Image Credits

@zinalosi_glass
@blusunglass
@_eric.castro_
@ghost_glass_official

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