I’ve always had an appreciation for many talents, whether it be music, writing, athleticism, knowledge…the list goes on. A very close friend of mine, heck, practically part of my family, has a very exciting venture that I could not wait to share with all of you. His name is RJ, and he is an incredibly talented glass blower, amongst many, many other talents. He has been working tirelessly collaborating with some of the best glass blowers in the state, making intricate creations for his brick and mortar shop, Oasis 7. After much time, I’m proud to say that Oasis 7 has finally opened its doors to the public. This is hard work at its’ best. A dream realized and put into action. I had the honor of interviewing my friend (O7), and an incredible well-known glass artist, Mike Clark (MC).
Mike Clark glass blowing at Oasis 7 studio.
Q. What got you into glass blowing? O7: I’ve always been a glass collector, and I like to work with my hands. I wanted to open a shop that was filled with quality work, so I wanted to learn how to glass blow. I’ve always appreciated the art behind it. MC: I’m a natural sculptor, and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate that into life. I’ve worked with whatever I could find. Glass was a great material that sold well and was loved.
Q. How long have you been blowing glass? O7: Two years. MC: 20 years.
Inversion piece created by Oasis 7
Q. What are your favorite things to create? O7: Implosions – putting a flower or swirls inside the glass. I have fun making pendants as well. MC: Anything but a pipe. I feel like I scored a littler victory every time I make something more than that.
Q. What are your inspirations? O7: Everyone around me. The world around me – I make things influenced by whats going on around me. I like to put emotion into glass. The local artists have a major impact too. MC: Sci-fi, and Dale Chihuli – a famous glass blower.
Oasis 7 original skull pendant featured in this post
Q. What are some of your future goals? O7: I want to be the collaboration central where artists can come, meet, work and create together. MC: To stay relevant, continue to pioneer, and define old techniques in the glass world.
Q. What is your biggest accomplishment so far? O7: Getting where I am today. I started in my garage and now I have my own shop. MC: I trained from the ground up. Now I am a professional glass blower.
Q. Where can we find your work? O7: Aside from my shop (Address below), you can find my work on Instagram (@oasisseven), and on Facebook. MC: Heisers in MI has a great collection. The Laughing Llama in FL have been instrumental as collectors, and now Oasis 7. You can also find my work on Instagram (@mikeclarkistheboss).
Chandelier created by Mike Clark.
I’d like to thank RJ and Mike Clark for their time, and I really hope you enjoyed this interview!!!
You can check out Oasis 7 on Facebook, Instagram, or by visiting their shop. If you have an idea you’d like to talk to Oasis 7 about or you just want to say hello you can email them too!
Oasis 7: 972 South Deerfield Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL.
Remember to support your local small businesses!!