I create fused glass art ranging from small jewelry to large bowls. Using small pieces, I try to create larger works that express flowing, natural lines using both order and chaos.
I create kiln fused and cold worked glass dishes, decorative pieces, jewelry, and functional art. My pieces move between organic, geometric, and representational. Triangles are often the starting point to my work. Although the triangles are not always recognizable in my finished products, they facilitate a layering of colors and shading. I look for a face, an eye, an animal, or an organic form in the melted glass. I use frit (powdered glass) to create images, usually of animals. Sawing, grinding, and sanding finishes my pieces. I experiment with firing times and temperatures to achieve various shapes and textures.
Jim Shelley is an eclectic artist living in Oklahoma City. He is a professional cellist and enjoys playing guitar, singing, and songwriting. His fused- glass artwork includes jewelry, dishes, ornaments, decorative, and functional pieces. He is inspired by the experimental quality of glass - how the firing process blends colors, shapes, and images.
Jim has exhibited in art festivals in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Missouri and has received awards at Arts Festival Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK), May Fair Arts Festival (Norman, OK), Arts ’N Action (Frederick, OK), and Midsummer Night’s Fair (Norman, OK).