John Bassett
Recycled Glass

Artist Statement

Not flat, not round, my work might be called glass relief. I’m happy in the rich, associative world of recycled glass and other found objects. I like the textures produced by slumping and fusing and that most conventional quality of glass, its transparency. I use recycled materials, bottles, plates, windows, and wood scrap to make residential sized panels and commissions.

Much of my work doesn’t need backlighting and can be on walls. I started glass in 1979. I’m self taught and worked most of my life as a carpenter. My uncle, Richard Bassett, was an artist and encouraged me to paint and draw when I was young. A clever and generous man, Joseph LeBeau, worked for my grandmother and made wonderful toy machines from scrap wood, recycled nails, and left over house paint. He gave these toy machines to any kid who wanted them. I think I learned from him the joy of making things, the possibilities of discarded materials, and the fun of sharing.

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Self Portrait #10
Bottle glass, red frit, wood base
18 x 16 x 1″ w/o base

Seven Sisters #2
Bottle glass, wood base
20 x 29 x 1″ w/o base

Spin the Bottle #3
Bottle glass, plates
29 x 25 x 1″ (Can go on a wall or in a window)

Undergarden #3
Bottle glass, aquarium buttons, wood
26 x 18 x 1″

Cat At the Fire Show
Bottle glass, red frit, plate glass in old window
28 x 30 x 2″ (Can go on a wall or in a window)

Pantrebie #2
Bottle and plate glass, red frit in old cabinet door
48 x 19 x 2″ (Can go on a wall or in a window)

Pantrebie #4
Bottle glass, colored glass, Sandwich Glass rondels in old cabinet door
48 x 12 x 2″ (Must go in a window)

Positive Self Image
Bottle and plate glass, ashtrays, red frit, in old window.
28 x 19 x 2″ (Can go on a wall or in a window)

Z Spindee
Bottle glass, ashtrays, red frit, and wood
35 x 24 x 2″ (Must go on a wall)

Little Fella #16
Bottle glass
14 x 16 x 1″ (Can go in a window or on a wall)

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