John Hogan is a Seattle-based artist, and designer, who mainly works in glass. His critically praised work spans both, functional objects and sculptures.
Hogan grew up in one of the world’s leading centers for fine glass production — Toledo, Ohio. There, at the city’s acclaimed Toledo Art Museum, he studied traditional methods of glassblowing. Later on, he moved to Seattle, where a glass-blown revival was uniting around the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood.
With his work, he reveals radiant energy that changes through the refraction of light, just like through a prism. But there is more to it. He asks the viewers to consider light in a new way, not just as an invisible force. He wants us to think of light as an activating, crucial element of life itself.
John Hogan uses traditional glass-making methods and elevates them with cutting-edge innovation. For example, his cold-working techniques (the cutting and polishing process) draw inspiration from old Eastern European traditions. Because of that, John Hogan puts the accent on the simplicity of design and the pure optical qualities of the glass.
And the way he uses rich, inventive colors and formal references, places his work on a contemporary scale. Just recently, he introduced into his practice more specialized color-changing glass. Depending on the surrounding environment and the angle the work is viewed, the color of the glass changes. This alternating color effect was created by exposing the raw colorant to a rich flame right after application.