Glass artist Gary Zack, known for his rich colors and luxurious forms, makes handblown glass vessels, vases and sculptural installations in his Saratoga Springs glassblowing studio.
Gary Zack has been involved with glass since 1978, as a successful commission stained-glass artist and, more recently, as a blown glass artist, in Upstate New York. Zack has been involved with blown glass since 1990, and is mostly self-taught. His love of hot glass is founded on the immediacy and spontaneous nature of the material, as well as the interplay of color and light. The following Color Pot Series and Optic Series pieces are available for sale online:
The work below is representative of Zack's work, a very few are still available:
Zack's work in blown glass involves rich, vibrant colors, dichroic inclusions and silver and 23k gold leaf. These forms require multiple layers of color in order to maintain the vivid contrast between exterior and interior surfaces. The painterly application of silver-reactive glass and metallic powders gives the vessels a sketchbook quality.
is spontaneous and funloving, with freeform shapes and clown-like demeanor. Transparent, multicolored polka dots of are scattered randomly upon a translucent, butter-colored background. The forms are topped with delicate applications of black and colored threads.
Zack's new Wing and Drop Vessels have received rave reviews! These graceful forms combine sleek transparent or opaque glass with thick applications of clear glass on the exterior, causing the form to become elongated during the forming process. More of these to come in the Spring...
The Color Pot Series has been an enduring favorite at the gallery since its development 15 years ago. Brilliant colors, bold contrast and delicate applications of 23k gold leaf, dichroic glass and threads of black glass are the hallmarks of this series.