Andy Paiko

  • Refraction Monologue, 2016
    Blown, mirrored glass, acrylic, steel cable, hardware.
    276"W / 192"D / 224"H
  • Refraction Monologue, 2016
    Blown, mirrored glass, acrylic, steel cable, hardware.
    276"W / 192"D / 224"H
  • Refraction Monologue, 2016
    Blown, mirrored glass, acrylic, steel cable, hardware.
    276"W / 192"D / 224"H
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Metronome # 3, 2014
    Blown, sculpted, assembled, glass, brass, leather. Kinetic.
    12 X 9 X 31 inches
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Indefinite Sum #6, 2015
    Blown, sculpted, etched, lacquered, assembled glass, mirror, brass
    12 X 48 inches
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Indefinite Sum #5, 2015
    Blown, sculpted, etched, lacquered, assembled glass, mirror, brass
    12 X 48
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Indefinite Sum #5-6, 2015
    Blown, sculpted, etched, lacquered, assembled glass, mirror, brass
    12 X 96 inches
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Specialty Absinthe Fountain with Black Details and 2 Spigots, 2014
    Blown glass
    Edition 1 of 12
    10 X 7 X 39 inches (dispenser)
    9 inches each (goblets)
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Absinthe Fountain with Black Details and 4 Spigots, 2014
    Blown glass
    Edition 1 of 12
    10 X 31 inches (dispenser)
    9 inches each (goblets)
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Metronome #1, 2013
    Blown, sculpted, assembled glass, and brass
    11 X 8 1/2 X 31 1/8 inches
  • Andy Paiko, glass artist and designer represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.
    Reliquary Group, 2013
    Blown, sculpted, assembled glass, walnut, maple, copper, brass, woodpecker feathers, poison oak seeds, paint
    8 X 8 X 26 1/2 inches
    10 X 10 X 30 1/4 inches
    6 1/2 X 6 1/2 X 24 1/2 inches

Artist Statement

The most commonly held image of a glassblower is of a somewhat romanticized craftsman surrounded by flaming furnaces, making vases and bowls and drinking vessels, water jugs and little decorative horses for countertop and mantle. Though this is for the most part accurate, I consider my goal as an artist to examine the role of glass in relation to its function. Must a vessel be used in order to be functional? Does a functionless sculpture have a real purpose outside of aesthetic contemplation?

If so, does its creator have to take responsibility for making something that is otherwise useless?

These questions have led me away from abstraction towards a symbolic way of dealing with the form/function relationship. Each piece could be metaphorical; it could comment on the difficulty of decision making in everyday life, the relationship of society with nature or language, or the way the mind grasps experience through dreams. But further, I want to make things that try to both communicate AND imitate purpose.

The glassblowing process is an additive one, much like our personalities. Rather than a form emerging from a block of solid stone reductively, forms of glass are pushed into space organically by a cumulative history of layering and motion. My object-making process has developed to extend this layering, whereby many separate, individual glass parts are fused cold, away from the furnace to form a collage of sorts. This allows for a degree of detail and complexity difficult to achieve on the end of a blowpipe.

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