Adam Waimon’s sculptural vessel series entitled, Pagliacci, uses the opera, Pagliacci as initial inspiration. Strictly using black, white or grey colors, the traditional dress of Canio (the main character) is referenced. Waimon often places multiple forms together to allow interaction with one another as one performing character would with another and bring negative space to life. The Pagliacci series is a study of form and vessel interaction.
Adam Waimon’s sculptural glass vessel forms incorporate subtle monochromatic transparent color. This singular use of color allows the delicately engraved surface to refract and transmit light. Waimon utilizes the glass to create strong elegant forms with a minimalist approach. He gathers his inspiration from a multitude of sources as diverse as microbiology to Art Deco. Multiple vessel forms are often placed together allowing for interaction and use of negative space.
Each vessel goes through numerous stages to accomplish it’s final design. Initially each vessel is hand blown into a unique form. Once the glass object has cooled from the glassblowing process the labor intensive procedure of carving begins. Here, the textures and intricate details are scribed into the vessel’s surface using an array of carving tools that are embedded with diamonds which cut into the glass surface. Subsequently, the entire surface is evenly ground down and sandblasted with an abrasive grit to give the glass a unified surface.
The final and most delicate part of the process requires the entire carved vessel to be reheated. This delicate step will heat only the exterior and will give the vessel its final surface.
Adam Waimon is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, he received his BFA in Glass. He has attended Master classes at both Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY and Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME. His work is included in numerous private collections and has exhibited throughout the United States.