Inspired by their love for nature, ocean waves and the underwater environment, Californian-based Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker create stunning glass sculptures and vases.
A husband and wife team, Paul and Marsha are globally renowned for their glass and ceramics. The couple met at the Pilchuck Glass School in 1989, married two years later, and opened their glass shop and studio in 2001.
Marsha is detailed oriented. Her work is influenced by the intricacies of the marine environment. Paul—a minimalist at heart—is mainly interested in freehand solid glass sculpting. His work has an emphasis on clarity, form and the optical nature of colourless and transparently coloured glass. Working mainly with blown glass, together the pair manipulate molten glass to mimic the graceful twists and turns of frothy waves and churning seas.
“Our immersion in the constantly changing and evolving ocean environment inspires us to develop and grow our glasswork. We love this work to capture the vitality and energy of the ocean.”
From gradient shades of blue and glistening surfaces that catch the light, to realistic bubbles and white crystallizations of foam among smooth ripples, they painstakingly recreate vases and sculptures of ocean waves.