8 x 12 x 12 in (20.32 x 30.48 x 30.48 cm)
Jim Holmes and Deborah Doane collaborate on designs for a series of bud vases, candlesticks and bowls, which are inspired by organic forms and executed with a playful use of color. The bold, vibrant and unusual use of color adds to the unique quality their work conveys.
Using traditional glassblowing methods that are thousands of years old, they create each piece individually at the end of a blowpipe, working the glass at temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Each piece is dated and signed with the name of their studio, Chatham Glass, established in 1987.
Both Holmes and Doane earned Bachelor Degrees in Art; Holmes from Goddard College and Doane from Boston University. Both have Master of Fine Arts Degrees from Temple University's Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1985, Holmes received fellowship grants from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and the Creative Glass Center of America, Wheaton Village. Doane and Holmes have lectured at London's Royal College of Art; the École des Beaux Artes, France; the Philadelphia College of Art, and the University of Akron.
Holmes and Doane have won many national awards. In 1988, 1990, 1992, and 1995, Holmes' work was included in the International Exhibition of Glass in Japan. He has exhibited his work at major museums throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New Bedford Glass Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Smithsonian's Renwick Museum.