Jesse Bromm: Glass and Life on the Road

Rebecca and I first met Jesse Bromm in 2007 when we were all first year students in Sheridan College's Craft and Design program. We've always admired Jesse's work - how he thoughtfully connects environmental issues, literary themes and existential questions to forms that he creates out of a medium that is at once fluid, fickle and fragile.

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While maintaining both a sculptural and functional art practice, Jesse finds himself on the road. He's travelling across Canada in a converted 2005 Ford Ranger truck on a research trip funded in part by a grant from The Dalglish Family Foundation Venture Award with Harbourfront Centre. Crisscrossing the country from Halifax to Victoria and a detour south across the border to desert climes, he stops into glass studios along the way, shadowing other artists and writing about his experiences.

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Never one to accumulate an abundance of things, Jesse's decisions around what he brings into his space have become even more considered as he lives in a small footprint on top of the wheels that get him to where he's going. Clear glass and simple forms are elements that make the cut.

A touch of green, collected at a roadside look-off finds new presence when added to an organically-shaped bud vase.

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A beverage shared with friends looks so crisp when poured from a minimal pitcher that doubles as a vessel for wildflowers.

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These pieces are about making special the everyday acts of being alive. Follow the links below to shop Jesse's work. 

- Meghan

 

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