Thaddeus Wolfe was born in 1979 in USA and studied glass at the The Cleveland Institute of Art where he received a BFA in 2002. That was where he started the journey of developing the glass art techniques used nowadays in its works such as vases and lamps.
Thaddeus Wolfe’s primary body of work, the Assemblage series, began as an exploration of mineral forms found in nature, and evolved into its own language with references to architecture and modern art. His signature glass techniques result in a rough texture and a form reminiscent of Brutalist architecture, in particular.
Many of Wolfe’s pieces are created using a molding process. Every single mold can only be used once. Wolfe layers color in his glass then carves through the layers to reveal the stratum and interior color.
Every work is a blown-glass cast. He fabricates his own molds as part of a unique process that permits the glass to form into angular, highly textured shapes that would not otherwise be possible in the material. Actually, in many of his pieces you would imagine that the material used in glass.
Once the objects have been removed from their molds, Wolfe polishes certain surfaces and grinds away layers of color to achieve the desired texture, translucence, and reflectivity necessary to complete the sculpture.
Thaddeus Wolfe creates improvisational glass sculptures and lighting meant to evoke decaying, collapsing surfaces and fantastical imagined structures. Wolfe’s works seek not only to forge a link between our current time and these past styles and ideas, but also to express the disorientation and disjointedness of modern existence.
He has his creations represented by R & Company.