Josh Simpson


Josh Simpson Large Inhabited Planet

Large Inhabited Planet-top left; Small Inhabited Planet-bottom; and a Possibly Inhabited Planet-top right.

A Universe of Glass Inhabited Planets

Josh Simpson donated three examples of his world famous planets to The Marble Museum. You can imagine each planet with deep oceans, vast mountains and lush valleys. In each of these visionary landscapes you find evidence of life, perhaps intelligent. His miniature worlds stimulate the imagination and awaken the intellect. Each planet is a unique and wonderful work of art glass. Josh Simpson’s planets are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia.

Josh Simpson first developed the idea of making planets while making marbles for school children visiting his studio. Children can relate to marbles. Molten glass is transformed into little worlds full of wonder. Glass is alive when it is in it’s hot molten state and Josh Simpson has created art glass that a remains alive in your imagination. His planets have evolved into some of the finest contemporary art glass produced today!

Josh Simpson’s contemporary art glass is found in the finest private collections and museums around the world. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum- NC; Sphere Museum-Tokyo; Brunnier Museum-Iowa; Chrysler Museum-Virginia; Museum of Fine Arts-Boston; Museum of Decorative Arts-Czech Republic; Smithsonian; Corning Museum of Glass; Yale University Art Gallery; The Alcorcon City Museum of Glass Art-Spain; The Museum of Arts and Sciences-Georgia; Dartmouth College Hood Museum-NH; Hamilton College Emerson Gallery-NY; Bergstrom-Mahler Museum-WI; Danforth Museum-MA; Fuller Art Museum-MA; Museum Bellerive-Switzerland; Nelson Museum of Art-AZ; Royal Ontario Museum-Canada; George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum-MA, and now The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia.

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia wishes to thank Josh Simpson for donating to The National Marble Museum. His unique set is now part of the marble display at the Museum of American Glass’s National Marble Museum Collection.