As a child, Bruce Wayne was mesmerized by the view of glass sculptors hard at work in Disneyland, so much so that he had to be dragged away from the exhibit to carry on with the trip with the rest of his family. This dedicated drive has remained present amidst years passing between his youthful curiosity and now. The School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University really put the gears into motion when he met some glass artists there and switched his major to Fine Arts Glass. Wayne began working with borosilicate and from there began a job as a furnace worker. He would remain with that career for 12 years before switching back over to lampworking. Now, his furnace work has switched spots and serves as a hobby for the Colorado based artist. It’s safe to say that lampworking has been something that grew alongside him even as he worked outside of that industry.
Bruce’s love of glass as the part of the design of a space shows with his experience making Chandeliers for high end retail stores and private homes. Now creating mostly functional art, he also has an appreciation and interest for the blend of the art and functional side of boro. Aside from making some of the higher quality Klein recyclers not made by Quave, his favorite thing to design is to just sculpt, and let the project get some legs that way. Sculpting has unlimited possibilities, which is what attracted him to lampworking in the first place. Another favorite aspect of the art of glass is that you can never really master it, and that it will continue to push you further.
As for the hardest thing about glass blowing, it remains patience to obtain the desired skills or product. When he’s not pushing out orders, he’s trying to find new ways to improve his design and explore new ones to tackle in the future. He likes to spend a lot of time with his design until he gets it the best he can. As some artists become popular, their ability to spend as much time on orders decreases, but that’s not the case here.
Wayne’s famous Kleins represent everything that is important when it comes to high end glass. The appearance remains very sleek and bold with function that rivals the smoothness of their outward appeal. Between clean welds and smooth shaping, there is no room for complaints when you walk away with one of these pieces of art. Quave has become famous with their slow drain recyclers, yet at a lower cost, it’s safe to say these are as desirable, if not more so for the performance alone. Once a correct water level is found, there’s an endless supply of amusement with watching these pieces do their thing. Signed on the bottom to assure true approval comes once they leave the shop, it’s a level of excellence you’d only expect to pay good money for. If you’re looking for something that will impress your friends based off of looks and the way it whistles, there’s no doubt that Bruce Wayne Glass is the way to go.
-How well does it function? The six-seven second slow drain is on point
-How smooth is the hit? Can’t imagine it hitting any smoother
-How close is the water to hitting your mouth when at the ideal level for function? Not even close to being close
-Original design? Originally made famous by Quave
-Innovations (in design)? Yes, definitely a difference in the shaping, but resembles the original design it’s based off of as well.
-Is the glass colored/worked? It’s colored a rich teal.
-Does it have a clean design? Very sleek.
-Are there any noticeable flaws? No
-Size? 9.5 inches
-How does it feel in your hands? Certainly a keep on the table piece
-Is there some weight to it? Very much so.
You can find Bruce’s work at @BruceWayneGlass on Massroots.