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SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
SUPER. NATURAL. Glass Art by Jason Gamrath

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Underwritten in Part by DSF Charitable Foundation
Underwritten in Part by Laurel Foundation
Underwritten in Part by UPMC
Underwritten in Part by UPMC Health Plan
Underwritten in Part by Vitro Architectural Glass

When Dale Chihuly exhibited his glass art at Phipps in 2007, he left a lasting impact that would resonate with guests for years to come. This summer, Phipps is presenting a new glass art show, SUPER. NATURAL., created by Jason Gamrath, master glass artist from Seattle. Following in the footsteps of blockbuster Phipps glass exhibits, Jason Gamrath brings an exciting new twist to the art form, creating botanical pieces that are remarkably accurate representations of their living counterparts — only on a massive scale, standing anywhere from six to 14 feet tall. The show fills the Conservatory with more than 40 major installations, each of which was carefully selected for each room and location, and many of which were custom made for Phipps. 

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Sculpted glass orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' South Conservatory. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

For a full year, Gamrath and his team worked tirelessly to create new art for this show. Gamrath begins the process by sketching the flower and scaling it to massive proportions. Then, in a furnace that is 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, he melts clear glass rocks to make up the shape of the flower. Color and patterns are added by dusting the glass with white powder in alternating layers. After he removes it from the furnace, Gamrath uses a torch with a 5,000 degree flame to heat small areas of the glass so that they can be molded. He shapes them with a variety of tools, and he must be quick because the glass is only workable for a few seconds. When he is finished, Gamrath stores the piece in a furnace that brings the glass from 910 degrees to room temperature over the course of three days.

Sculpted glass columbines by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Sunken Garden.

Sculpted glass orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Palm Court. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

Watch Gamrath create one of his incredible sculptures in a behind-the-scenes video:

Watch an interview with Jason Gamrath about his craft, his inspiration and what he hopes to share with SUPER. NATURAL. guests:

Watch Gamrath and his team install more than 90 pitcher plants in Phipps' Serpentine Room in this SUPER. NATURAL. time lapse:

The Summer Flower Show and Fall Flower Show will feature plants and gardens that complement the beautiful glass art. Some of the pieces will be displayed with the real plants adjacent to them to emphasize the accuracy of Gamrath’s craft. Though the real specimen will not be in bloom, one custom-made piece guests can look forward to seeing is a glass corpse flower (a less odiferous representation of its living counterpart). Other pieces include orchids, pitcher plants, a Venus fly trap and a lotus plant.

Sculpted glass pitcher plants by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Serpentine Room.

A sculpted glass slipper orchid by artist Jason Gamrath is seen in Phipps' Orchid Room.

A sculpted glass Venus fly trap by artist Jason Gamrath is seen in Phipps' Fern Room.

Sculpted glass Darwin orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' East Room.

A sculpted glass water lily by artist Jason Gamrath is seen in Phipps' Victoria Room. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

Sculpted glass orchids by artist Jason Gamrath are seen in Phipps' Stove Room. Photo copyright Ed Massery.

Gamrath trained at Pilchuck Glass School, which was founded by Dale Chihuly.

Artist Jason Gamrath stands among his sculpted glass Venus fly traps. Photo copyright Daniel Fox/Lumina Studio.

Artist Jason Gamrath sits under a sculpted glass orchid. Photo copyright Daniel Fox/Lumina Studio.

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Photos © Ed Massery, Daniel Fox/Lumina Studio, Annie O'Neill, Paul g. Wiegman

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