John Pomp is a master with glass blowing, creating abstracted organic works of furniture and lighting.
Designer, artist and glass blower John Pomp takes his craft seriously, creating each functional work of art from scratch with the help of partner Anne Pomp and a team of more than 50 creatives. Focusing on lighting and furniture designs, John Pomp Studios takes a sculptural, experimental approach to design.
Pomp started out as a traditional artist with an interest in painting, but quickly found magic in glass blowing after just one class.
“That’s all I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I fell madly in love with glass,” Pomp says.
Pomp’s work combines molten glass, warped metal and refracted light to create his imaginative and organic forms. Each piece is made from scratch in the 65,000-square-foot Philadelphia studio using a combination of old-world craftsmanship and a modern approach.
“It’s like my own Disneyland, I created my dream shop,” Pomp says. “We’re very fortunate to be there, to be blowing all of our glass and casting glass. We have a full metal shop, we make all of our own lighting parts, and we manufacture everything with a team of engineers.”
“We are really proud to say that we make everything inside of our facility, which is really cool because everything that we all do is customizable,“ he adds.
Pomp’s passion for molten glass and love for the fire has been a driving inspiration throughout his illustrious career, creating unique collections since 1999. One of the newest John Pomp Studios collections is the Rift Collection, which includes an impressive 12-foot glass table.
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“It has about 1,400 pounds of glass on it,” Pomp explains. “We built these kilns four years ago, because there’s no kilns big enough to make glass like this, only to debut these dining tables in November. It took a long time because you not only have to build the kilns but also to develop the process.”
Inspired by other-wordly designs, the Rift Collection focuses on furniture design that embrace primitive forms crafted in a modern way.
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“I was looking at a lot of futurists and a lot of primitivism and taking both forms and reinventing them by adding new materials,” Pomp says.
You can find pieces from John Pomp Studios in showrooms across the U.S. and internationally and at the artist’s new flagship showroom.
“We just opened our own New York City showroom at the New York Design Center, on the 12th floor,” Pomp says. “We have a 4,000 square foot showroom where I’m really creating a world of glass and glass-like materials.”