Week 4 – Artist Interview – Maccabee Shelley

Maccabee Shelley (apparently throwing blurred out gang signs)

Maccabee Shelley (apparently throwing blurred-out gang signs)


Glass ring

Glass ring


During week 4 I spent the class period checking out Maccabee Shelley’s incredible glass and ceramic work. Maccabee uses molds to establish the basic shape and then adds to that and builds off of it. Overall he tends to incorporate broken glass, melted glass and ceramic bowls and molds throughout his pieces.

Maccabee said he likes to use glass because of the beauty of each piece and because of how each intricate piece fits together to make a whole. He mused that there was “something to” breaking the pieces and then building them back up again. I really identified with the fragility vs stability dynamic that he was playing up. It’s interesting how easy it is to break a glass bottle, hence it’s fragile, but that same glass will probably be around in one form or another for much longer than anyone realizes, hence its stability/durability. Maccabee said he felt like with his art, but most art in general, it is really up to the viewer to interpret the piece on their own and to generate their own meaning and to essentially “create” your own meaning using his piece as your inspiration, and I couldn’t agree more. Art is more of an “in the eye of the beholder” sort of thing. I greatly enjoyed the back and forth with Maccabee and felt that it contributed to a greater appreciation for, and interest in, each of his pieces.



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