Robert Carlson’s Glass Mind

BobCarlson-15Robert Carlson is an internationally-renowned glass artist and a master not in disguise.  Bob lives his life as an artist, from his work to his art collections and the uniqueness of his home, to the way he parties and likes his martinis.  I had the opportunity to photograph Bob while he was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop in Tacoma, Washington, where he came up with and devised his newest creations from an imagination wild. Bob is pictured up, sketching his latest invention, pulling from depths of his mind something real.




BobCarlson-448On-hand apprentices assisted Bob throughout the week-long residency. Typically, after the glass is blown and cooled, he’ll spends months with the pieces, studying their forms and subtle messages found within shapes and processes.  Next he employs a reverse-painting technique using mirrors to create the imagery. These will appear on the back side of the glass structures, which take on a whole new dimension while viewing through the various refractions of glass.


BobCarlsonVert-044-EditHowever, after observing the unusual orbs and their phalangeal crystals, Bob decided otherwise and kept the mirrors on their walls and the pigments in their cans. The work was completely new and glorious in their own form. They are both animalistic and alien. They explore the connection of sexuality and misplaced possession. The glass art can be placed on one side and quickly flipped to be placed on a new set of legs, changing the viewers understanding of what is and what can be. These pieces are works of a genius, derived from a life undisguised from beauty itself.











  1. Robert Carlson says:


    What can I say, you honor me, and its likewise an honor to to know you. Keep up the great work, theres real genius in all of your photography! Bob

  2. What a fantastic article Cam! Bob’s work is stunning and your photographs captured both his genius and yours.

  3. It’s amazing what you do! Really great work! Looking forward to your future posts! 🙂

  4. What beautiful and unique Art! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love your work

  6. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Gorgeous. I love glass as a medium, so many possibilities!

  7. Reblogged this on aiwebdesign and commented:
    That’s wonderful cgts!

  8. How amazing and truly beautiful your work is.

  9. Orbs of greatness.

  10. These photos are just stunning. Thanks for sharing them!

  11. kateherrod says:

    This is beautiful! Have you ever tried to find or work with fulgurites?

  12. Greg Urbano says:

    definitely cool and your photography really has them looking awesome! glad i found your blog today!

  13. I have always had the greatest respect for glass workers, Beautiful work and right from the heart, each one! 🙂

  14. I bow to the creator! Mind boggling creations Mr Robert Carlson. and Mr Cameron Karsten Brilliant photography! I understand it is not easy to shoot glass. This post is WOW!

  15. Unique skill !

  16. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Breathtaking work and photography. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. These are remarkable!

  18. that was absolutely beautiful! the creativity and possibilities unfolding in glass is a joy itself! Great work Bob and equally as beautiful Cameron’s photography here! Will reblog this as well!

  19. Reblogged this on coolfinancialwave and commented:
    What beautiful creations from Bob Carlson! Cameron Karsten’s photography is equally exquisite, breathtaking artistry at work!

  20. MakeSomethingMondays says:

    Reblogged this on Make Something Mondays! and commented:
    What an amazing artist!

  21. 2cupsofjoe says:

    Certainly a master of this most totally awesome craft.

  22. Nice! if you like him, you will MOSt certainly appreciate glass art by Dale Chihuly !!! He is Mind (and glass) blowing!!!

    Also, check out my friend, and long-time renowned artist Robert Jekyll (stained glass). Pretty fun stuff.

    P.S. Great blog btw.
    Best wishes!

  23. Amazing!

  24. Reblogged this on Arnab's Mental Zone and commented:
    Glass sculpting is really underrated.

    An incredible execution of an amazing art form.

  25. Reblogged this on McCallister Sculpture and commented:
    If you love art that takes you far away, heres your man! Robert Carlson’s glass work bring you to a place thats either on a cellular level, or alien organisms that remind me of jellyfish with many limbs. I think I also just love how well glass can photograph. Hope you guys find this as beautiful as I do. Enjoy!

  26. luv it

  27. awesome

  28. This post was wonderful. well done.

  29. Great post and fabulous shots of the artwork!

  30. I am really impressed wirh your writing skills and alzo with the layout on your
    weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modrify itt yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.

  31. Reblogged this on Fine Art & Antiques.

  32. Reblogged this on Transitions and commented:
    I love glass. I love glass art. I am a fan of Chihuly, especially his desert/cactus pieces. I’m now a fan of Carlson, as well.

  33. Awesome! I worked for Flo Perkins. She is also a glass artist!!

  34. ccmiller12 says:

    They look so beautiful.

  35. This is beautiful

  36. Go-Getting says:

    all of this just blows my mind! such amazing talent!

  37. amazing!!!

  38. Cameron you certainly did justice to Robert’s remarkable work. I salute you.

  39. gotta say, I don’t see very many growth stimulating posts these days but this is great. I am hungry for intellectual feeds. thank you

  40. Reblogged this on drucatic.


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