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John Hogan

John Hogan is a Seattle based artist who works predominantly in glass. His critically lauded work, which spans both functional objects and sculpture, is about changing radiant energy through the refraction of light. Like treasures from another dimension, Hogan’s breathtaking glass sculptures seem to have fallen to earth with a combination of technical virtuosity and wild imagination.

John Hogan grew up in Toledo, Ohio, recognized as one of the world’s centers of fine glass production. Having studied traditional glassblowing methods at the city’s acclaimed Toledo Art Museum, Hogan relocated to Seattle, where a glass blowing and making revival had coalesced around the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, near the city.

Experimentation is at the core of Hogan’s work. Drawing influences from a wide range of sources - from molecular gastronomy to the study of physics - Hogan imbues traditional glass making methods with cutting edge innovation. In terms of process, Hogan draws his influence mostly from the Eastern European traditions of casting and cutting, which emphasize simple design and the pure optical qualities of glass. Evincing a sculptural, almost otherworldly quality, John Hogan glass appears to morph simple forms into complex transformative objects.

All of John Hogan’s pieces involve rich, experimental color ways and cold working, which is the cutting and polishing process. His recent work has involved more specialized, color changing glass, which appears altered depending on the surrounding environment and the angle it is viewed from. The effect is achieved by exposing the raw colorant to a rich flame right after application.

In 2017, Hogan partnered with MOS architects to create a prototype of of an interlocking structural glass block, which was presented as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Vertical City installation. The same year, collaborating exclusively with The Future Perfect, he presented the Ripple coffee table Series, his first ever furniture pieces. A natural collaborator, Hogan has worked with fellow Seattleite Erich Ginder Studio, and, more recently, New York brand Studio Ladies and Gentlemen on their Atlas and Equalizer collections.
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