Joel Bloomberg has been designing and creating sculptural and functional artworks for galleries, designers, and collectors since 1980. Largely self-taught in his glass designs, Bloomberg earned degrees from two of California’s most respected glass schools: Palomar College (Associate of Arts Degree in Chemistry and Glass) and California State University, Chico (Bachelors Degree in Glass and Sculpture).
The many site-specific glass sculptures he has created by commission include those for the city of West Hollywood, CA; the Great American Bank, San Diego; and the Gesim Corporation, Calabasas, CA. Joel Bloomberg’s work has been shown at more than 100 galleries and museums in the United States and Canada, including the Downey Museum of Art, CA; the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Harvard University Museum of Natural History, and is part of the permanent collections of the White House, Washington, DC; and the Corning Museum of Glass.
His work is included in major collections throughout North America, Japan, and Europe. The Illuminated Jellyfish Series Joel Bloomberg’s distinctively sculptural jellyfish lamps are part of an ongoing exploration of the vocabulary of glass; his object being to create designs and develop techniques which use the materials in new and unexpected ways. Each illuminated jellyfish is unique in color, shape, size, and appearance. Each requires a complex combination of blowing, cold working, and lamination that Bloomberg has perfected over many years.
“The interplay of glass and light” Bloomberg says, “is fundamental to the medium. Light can reveal subtle qualities of glass; glass transmits and transforms light. In many ways, glass work is ultimately about light.”