The Artist's Studio Series: Zak Timan

Zak Timan (Glass 2009)

I make floating sculpture. Using buoyant materials such as cork, blown glass, hollow metal forms, and bird's eggshells, I create compositions that float in clear, oil-filled glass vessels. The compositions' elements are tethered to the vessel bottom with line or chain, suspending them in liquid space.

My Richmond studio is my lab. Inside various testing tanks, including a six-foot-tall glass column, I perform buoyancy and materials experiments. I have tools for glass flameworking and sculpture fabrication, and a computer for 3-D modeling. It’s a little unusual to build glass parts to such precise dimensions, but I enjoy working in this way.

The human parts of my studio are my two remarkable shop-mates: one an LED engineer, and the other a pyrotechnics expert. Both are artists as well. We share a collection of machine and hand tools: a mill, a lathe, a CNC-plasma cutter, and many more.

I love being around such wizards of science, engineering, and light. Every day they are working on something fresh and awe-inspiring.

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Photography by Andria Lo