I began my artistic studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, at Harvard University, where I studied visual design and composition under the artist Albert Alcalay. My artistic journey has taken me through printmaking, water colors, stained glass, metal sculpture, and finally kilnformed glass.   

I use glass as my medium because of its translucency and natural ability to illuminate. Each piece is hand cut, assembled and overlaid, fired in a kiln, and cold worked resulting in the finished piece. In the end, the work has a quality of timelessness reflecting both ancient and modern techniques celebrating the unique properties of glass, of transparency, and reflection.

My compositions appear to be numerous variations of a theme. I’m abstracting iconic symbols in a sculptural sense, focusing on form, texture, and color.

My vision of what I do with my work is to be able to convey feelings and stories and images without too many words. My goal as an artist is to inject life into whatever I make: in simple terms to make the piece come alive.  


John Henderson


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