Glassblower Newt Grover has one goal, and that’s to add to the magnificence of the world around him with his creations.
Through his Scottsdale company, Newt Glass, he produces and installs custom glass artwork for residential and commercial spaces across the country.
The self-taught glassblower wants to make just one statement with his art, and that’s beauty:
“Beauty is important, and art and aesthetics are important, because they just heighten the energy or vibration of the world and people. It’s just helpful. There are studies on how you you don’t even need to be aware that you are looking at a work of art to get a good positive effect from it.
Described as a “well-run arsonist” by his mother, Grover imbued his career with fire and artistry.
His artistic activities began in high school when he started making jewelry, with which he built a successful career of almost 15 years. He turned to neon around the age of 30, several years before realizing the possibilities offered by glassblowing.
“I saw a show on PBS and thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life,” Grover says. “So I figured out how to build a studio and I learned how to blow glass, because there was nothing here in town at that time, as far as glass was concerned.”
What started as a hobby turned into Newt Glass in the late 1990s.
In his 20 years in business, Grover estimates he has completed several thousand wall plaques, a few hundred chandeliers, and as many as 10 projects beautifying entire residential or commercial spaces.
He does about 10-15 large-scale projects a year, and depending on the piece, some of his works can take up to a few months to complete.
Walking through Grover’s home studio, referred to as a “hot shop” covering between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet, one can see that he enjoys working on multiple projects at once.
A few vibrant and delicate hand-blown glass pieces stand in stark contrast to the dusty surfaces of her workspace, but the end results are chandeliers, metal and glass sculptures, wall displays and even pendants.
A huge glass rainbow tornado hanging from the ceiling is a real eye-catcher. Despite being an inanimate object, the piece captures an element of movement.
“The big rainbow tornado, it’s almost half done. We’re going to need more parts, but it’s going really well,” he said. octopus, then another jellyfish, for a home in St. Augustine, Florida. So we’re doing more water-themed stuff.
Many of Grover’s clients allow him great freedom in designing the pieces of their spaces, which he greatly appreciates.
However, he often collaborates with interior designers to help him incorporate his art into their designs.
“I like stuff that’s the ‘wow’ factor, the big statement,” he said. “But I want it to feel like it’s seamless, like it belongs there. It’s not just some random thing that someone put together.
When it comes to the impact his pieces have on viewers, Grover believes his job is simply to provide the artwork and let others form their own opinions and interpretations based on their individual experiences.
“I don’t want to color this by naming it or explaining it or anything. It’s going to speak to you or not, and I don’t feel entitled to explain or tell people what they must think of my work,” he explains.
Grover, who loves the challenge of a large, intricate room, didn’t give much thought to the effect of his work on others until he created a large glass cactus garden for the children’s hospital. from El Paso, Texas.
It took him and his team a week to install the piece, and during that time he met many people in awe of his work. In an environment that some might not want to find themselves in, the cactus garden has brightened the days of many passers-by.
“Now I’m much more aware of the kind of feeling I want to produce with work,” he said. “It can vary depending on its purpose, location – commercial, residential, whatever. So I’m very aware of that right now, and I’m pretty good at changing the look, energy, or feel of the room to better suit it.
Whatever the purpose of his art, it all boils down to adding to the splendor of the universe.
Information: 480-405-1440 or newtglass.com.