|Anemone Air Trap Marble|
Moore is a self taught lampworking artist who works with borosilicate glass. Lampworking, also known as flameworking or torchworking, is the process of making glasswork by using a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. The molten glass is molded and formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Lampworking manipulates glass by the use of tools, gravity, and by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube. Whereas glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob. Lampworking can be used to create trinkets, figurines, ornaments, beads, and in Moore's case, marbles. (See full lampworking article here)
|Sea Life Marble|
When one first sees Moore's creations, one can't help but wonder if he somehow captured a bubble of life within. The contents of his work seem as though they could start moving at any moment, swaying gently in the currents of the ocean. This is especially true for his marble, Anemone Air Trap Marble (top of page). Each bubble on the glass anemone's delicate arms is a pocket of air that Moore expertly trapped. The marble is only 1 5/8" in diameter but seems to contain a whole world, much like the piece Sea Life Marble (pictured above).
|Implosion Sea Turtle Pendant|
A sea turtle made of borosilicate glass with exotic green and amber purple frit(shards of glass) implosion. The fins are made with peacock blue and caramel dotted on.
And of his Jellyfish Pendant (pictured below):
Jellyfish pendant made of borosilicate glass so lifelike you may be afraid to touch it. The cap is made of double amber purple and the tentacles are made of double amber purple stretched very thin with a midnight blue color for the backing and caramel dots.
Technique and definitions aside, what really draws the viewer into Moore's work is the inherent sense of creativity, pride, and above all, joy, in what he does. His work doesn't carry the weight of having been created just for a profit, but for the sheer joy an artist has while creating. It makes his pieces light and fun and something to truly be treasured.
Check out his store today for many other pendants, animals figurines and marbles.
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