Jerald Hatton

Bartholomew County

LOCATION:
Columbus
WEBSITE:
Capehouse Glass and Facebook
MEDIUM:
Kiln-formed and Lamp-worked glass
AVAILABILITY:
Website, Festivals, Columbus in Bloom Farmers’ Market, Etsy

 

Any artistic endeavor involves a journey of discovery as we learn how the medium responds to our interpretations, the environment, and the expectations of the observer.  I hope to provide a connection to the unique quality of beauty, fragility and fluidity only offered by this endlessly configurable material.

“I’ve always been fascinated by anything made of glass,” said Jerald Hatton, who works from his Capehouse Glass studio in Columbus. “In the late 1990s I took some lessons in stained glass working at Classic Stained Glass in North Vernon, and once I started cutting glass and combining colors and textures, I was hooked.”

Jerald made a few projects for family and friends, but the effort involved in building a new home, an offer to teach university classes online,  and new day-job responsibilities caused him to put aside his glass working tools.  “I enjoyed the university and teaching so much that I went back to school and earned a Doctorate in Management,” he said.  “Once that effort was completed, I had time on my hands and told my wife I would like to get back into glass work.  But this time, I wanted to try melting glass.”

Jerald bought a kiln and the first time he opened it after an hours-long fusing schedule, he said he was utterly captivated.  “I now have three working kilns, and one I am rebuilding, and I’m constantly trying new techniques and exploring new possibilities,” he said.  “My decision to retire was greatly influenced by this (relatively) new obsession.”

Jerald uses glass from many resources.  He says his association with Marilyn Brackney and the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has focused his awareness of reusing discarded glass to produce new items that can be both beautiful and functional.  “I’m confident that my work will focus more on using ‘glass with a past’ going forward,” he said.

Although his original intent was to design pieces that were either functional or artistic, his wife suggested he start making glass jewelry because, “women buy more glass than men!  She is a wise woman indeed,” Jerald said.  After much research and close examination of her jewelry chest, he started making pendants and earrings, and this has become an important aspect of his glasswork.  “I’m in the process of enlarging my studio to accommodate my increased focus on glass,” he said. “My newest kiln, a retirement present from my wife, is a bathtub kiln – 39 x 24” – allowing me to work on much larger projects.

“I continue to be amazed by this medium and at times it seems my head is bursting with new ideas.  Hopefully, I’ll now have more time to explore the possibilities.”

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