Joshua Hershman is an American born artist dedicated to developing new techniques of glass working that combine optical physics with the fluidity of glass to make his contemporary sculpture.
By harnessing light though hand-polished lenses, Hershman employs unique methods of casting, coldworking, and photography in his boundary pushing work.
Being born with no peripheral vision or depth perception, decades of vision therapy led him to have a lifelong fascination with the complex nature of the visual system and the science of light and optics. By using cameras themselves as frames for his experimental photographic processes, Hershman asks us to look more closely into the simple act of taking a photograph.
His work focuses on the significance that film and photography have played on the development of contemporary global culture.
Originally from Colorado, Joshua Hershman was born in 1981 and first began working with glass at the age of 17. In 2004, he graduated from the Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada. In 2008, he went on to earn a BFA with Distinction from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. Most recently, he completed the Master’s program at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in Sculptural/Dimensional Studies.
In 2009, Josh had his first solo show at Pismo Glass In Denver and went on to participate in many group exhibitions and art fairs including Sofa Chicago, the Armory Show, Art Hamptons, SF Art Market, the Habitat Invitational, and many others. He loves to teach and has led workshops and lectures at California College of the Arts, Public Glass in San Francisco, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and at D&L Glass Supply in Denver.
Hershman has received numerous awards, was included in the Bullseye e-merge International Glass Competition, Young Glass 2017, and can be found in numerous private collections. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Ebeltoft Museum in Denmark and The National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. He has been invited to participate in several artist-in-residence programs including North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, D&L Art Glass in Colorado, the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee, and most recently completed a semester-long residency at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Currently, Josh’s work is being shown at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma for the nation’s first LGBTQ+ glass exhibition titled “Transparency”. He lives and operates a private studio in Oakland, California where he makes his work and also operates the Glass Foundry, which provides casting and coldworking services to other artists.
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The Foundry: Hershman Glass provides glass-working services for projects large and small.Click for more >>
Two pieces from Josh Hershman’s studio are part of Transparency, an LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.Click for more >>
Montague Gallery in San Francisco, CA includes multiple pieces of new work from Josh Hershman at Art Market.Click for more >>