Cosmos & Critters: The Fantastic Glass Art of Nathan Belmont

Cosmos & Critters: The Fantastic Glass Art of Nathan Belmont

The art is distinct. It is as if teenage angst — empowered through the heavy metal doom generation of the 1980s — collided with an alien civilization, spewing hordes of infected space dust into the universe. Then, through the pressures of millions of years, these particles transformed into the precious jewels that would one day be used to forge a new world order following the vicious hell ride of the apocalypse. There is also the softer side – one that pays tribute to the unsung beauty of the magnificent creatures on a planet not yet left in ruins from this supposed sci-fi nightmare. But for 35-year-old Nathan Belmont, the modest glassmaker responsible for giving gobs of liquid sand and other minerals a special spot in this side of the galaxy, the work is simply the product of applying his talent as a shield from the boogeyman known as the real world. Similar to other masters of their craft, Belmont’s artistic skills were first realized as a youngster growing up in Hawaii. It was there that he spent the majority of his days doing what he refers to as doodling. He was always just trying to get down on the page his own wicked brand of the dragons, gargoyles and other fantasy-beasts dancing around in his head. Nathan Belmont’s glass art includes both fantastical elements as well as members of the animal kingdom. “I guess I’ve always had an interest in art,” Belmont said, adding that comic books, cartoons and the splendor that…

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