Jim

Shelley

Oklahoma City, OK

glass

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.

Artist Statement

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.

Artist Bio

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).

Red Star
Strings
Red Star
Strings
Summer Blanket Bowl
Summer Blanket Bowl
Crosses
Crosses
Red and Vanilla Bowl
Red and Vanilla Bowl
Oklahomas
Oklahomas
Windows
Windows
Candy Apple Earrings
Candy Apple Earrings
Red and Blue Cheese and Cracker Plate
Red and Blue Cheese and Cracker Plate
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Various Animals and Things
Bass Heart
Rings
Bass Heart
Rings
Hot Stripe Bowl
Hot Stripe Bowl
Barrettes
Barrettes
Cello Spoon rest
Cello Spoon rest

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405)879-2400

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