[Canniseur: We love glass. We LOVE glass. And this is glass we love. Mr. Belmont makes beautiful creations in glass and certainly has my attention. The combination of lampwork (the figures) and glassblowing (the pipe bowls) is spectacular. I’d like to see a lot more of his work.]
The art is distinct. It is as if teenage angst — empowered through the heavy metal doom generation of the 1980s — collided with an alien civilization, spewing hordes of infected space dust into the universe. Then, through the pressures of millions of years, these particles transformed into the precious jewels that would one day be used to forge a new world order following the vicious hell ride of the apocalypse. There is also the softer side – one that pays tribute to the unsung beauty of the magnificent creatures on a planet not yet left in ruins from this supposed sci-fi nightmare.
But for 35-year-old Nathan Belmont, the modest glassmaker responsible for giving gobs of liquid sand and other minerals a special spot in this side of the galaxy, the work is simply the product of applying his talent as a shield from the boogeyman known as the real world.
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