Gerry Newcomb’s unique kiln cast glass sculpture, windows, and installments integrate texture and color that invite inspection from multiple angles. The raised surface on one side of the glass contrasts with the smooth surface of the opposite, offering multiple windows to view the glass relief.
In his teenage years, Newcomb became interested in art and started working with clay. At the University of Washington, he was intrigued by glass blowing and continued at Pilchuck Glass School, and The Evergreen State College. The specific method of cast kiln glass sculpture incorporates Newcomb’s beginnings in clay and his study of glass. The artist begins by creating a clay model of the desired sculpture, he then makes a plaster cast from the clay. Color and fine glass are brushed into the desired areas, and large plates of clear glass are laid over the cast, which is then fired in a kiln. The single-use plaster mold is then broken away from the newly formed glass, leaving a unique glass sculpture.
Newcomb has exhibited throughout the United States. His work is a part of public and private collections including the Pike Place Market Association, the Paccar Corporation in Bellevue, Nintendo Corporation in Seattle, and Nordstrom, Inc. in Portland, OR.