Stunning Cast Glass Sculpture that is truly inspirational! Peter's work is known for its detail and gravity-defying nature. His work captures the imagination and activates a sense of awe.
Artist: Peter Zelle
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"My art is an exercise of my physical intuition and my passion for color and form...
...I want viewers to be moved by the pieces. I want them to be drawn into the interplay of textures, and shapes, to feel the thickness of the glass, and to touch the polished edges of each piece. I hope these works create a sense of awe. I hope the viewer is transfixed by the colors and forms.
I want my work to create a sense of excitement—a flash of recognition and the wonder of discovery. With these cast forms of colored glass, I aim to provide viewers with a space for contemplation and a respite from the cacophony of the modern world."
Peter Zelle is a Minneapolis sculptor who has been working with glass for over 30 years.
He studied with Dale Chihuly at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and received his BFA in Sculpture/Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987. Peter then moved back to Minnesota and established Zelle Glass Studio in 1992, a sculpture and production glass blowing studio. In 2007 Peter felt it was time to dedicate himself solely to his fine art and closed the glass blowing part of his studio.
Since then, Peter’s focus has been on developing and refining his cast glass sculptures.
Peter has been in numerous Fine Art exhibitions, and completed private commissions and select public art projects.
He cites some of his influences as Arshile Gorky, Paul Klee, Louise Nevelson, George Morrison, and Peter Krasnow, a relative whose 20th century sculptures and paintings were present in Zelle’s boyhood home.