James Stone blows glass at his Escondido studio, April 12, 2016. Photo by Hoa Quach
Earth Echo by James Stone. Courtesy photo

James Stone always had a knack for art.

The Escondido artist has tapped into wood-block printing, photography, and even wields. But it wasn’t until 30 years ago when he met a glass blower that he discovered his true calling.

“The first time I saw the flame, I was hooked,” said Stone, 65. “It all came naturally for me. I never had any trouble understanding anything when it came to glass blowing.”

The mixed-media artist is now the recipient of more than a dozens awards, including the Fiesta Hermosa and the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.

Stone has also been commissioned by businesses and individuals. His most recent work can be seen at L’Auberge Del Mar where Stone created a 12-foot-long chandelier, crafted with hand applied color and dichroic glass fused at 1,500 degrees on two layers of titanium coated glass.

Stone, who has had a local studio for 15 years, also teaches his art to others. In fact, he’s taught more than 8,000 students how to blow glass.

“The way I was taught is the same way I now teach my students,” Stone said. “We give them an experience. We open their eyes and take them on this journey.”

And, it’s his students and customers who most inspire him to pursue his unique passion.

“My customers inspire me and that’s when I do my best work,” Stone said. “My favorite projects are when my customers are involved.”

He’s also shared his passion in other ways. Stone, who built his own studio, has built 10 others.

“It’s been thrilling to be given the opportunity to bring joy to other people’s lives,” he said. “It’s a huge responsibility.”

To learn more about James Stone, go to stoneandglass.com.

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