Incredibly talented and skilled beyond all reason, Jack Storms was destined to be someone truly amazing. Both a tremendous athlete and a motivated student growing up in New Hampshire, it wasn’t until later in life that Jack discovered his passion for contemporary art. At 30 years old, Jack graduated Plymouth State University with a BA in Art focusing primarily on studio production. It was during his junior year at PSU that he stumbled upon a nearby studio of a glass artist producing a rare style of glass artwork by combining lead crystal and dichroic glass using a cold-glass process. Jack worked alongside this fellow artist for over a year to learn every component and facet of this incredibly challenging and unusual art form. He quickly discovered that the process itself was extremely intense, time consuming and physically demanding but no obstacle was going to get in the way of his dreams. Jack Storms was eventually a strong enough sculptor to branch out on his own in 2004 to open StormWorks Studio.
Both challenged and inspired by having been told that his vision was impossible, one of Jack’s first major accomplishments as an independent glass artist was to invent and design a cold-working lathe that offers him the ability to turn glass and sculpt shapes with curves and details like one would produce from a wooden medium. Early memories of studying his fathers craftsmanship as he worked for hours in his own studio with a wooden lathe provided him with the blueprint of his vision, and his intense drive and deeply embedded passion as a glass artist combined with the inspiration that came from the idea of pioneering new trails in the world of fine art, motivated him toward this remarkable accomplishment.
The intense cold-glass process which can take up to 24 weeks for each contemporary glass sculpture to come to life begins at the heart of the design, by creating a core of lead crystal which is cut, polished and laminated creating reflective mirrors. When wrapped in optical glass, the refraction of light as it passes through the glass creates rainbows of hypnotic color. The drawn out process of repetitive cutting, grinding and polishing requires intense passion, rigid self-discipline, and more blood sweat and tears than any artisan could wrap their mind around. The results are mind-boggling works of contemporary glass art.
Drawing inspiration from both his heart and his mind when conceiving his artistic designs, at the heart of each lead crystal sculpture by Jack Storms lays the theory of Fibonacci, a great mathematician that articulated the natural math seen in nature. Natural beauty is created, not manufactured. From the repetition florets of a flower to the scales of a pineapples skin, Fibonacci numbers are found in the pattern of growth of every living thing in nature.
•BellaVino sculpture by Jack Storms won the Peoples Choice Award at the 2007 BAGI Awards.
•Carmel Valley Rotary Club commissioned a sculpture by Jack Storms for the President of Nigeria in honor of the first blood bank to open in Africa.
•Firemans Bell sculpture by Jack Storms commissioned by the City of Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center comprised of 8000 pieces of glass.
•Optic Crystal Baseball Bat by Jack Storms comprised of 3000 pieces of glass, designed for former NY Yankees player Derek Jeter, commemorating his 3000th hit in the major leagues.
•Large Spectrum Cube and Large TierDrop glass sculptures, commissioned by Marvel Studios for the blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy, were featured at the broker’s shop scenes.