Josh Bernbaum has explored various techniques and design styles. He is most interested in color, especially color relationships in the designs he creates. In his glasswork, made at his studio up on a hill in West Brattleboro, Vermont, he has utilized many methods of color application. All the coloration seen in his objects is done with colored glass applied in various methods. Most recently he has been interested in exploring ways of making his work less “glassy,” that is to say stepping away from some of what we consider the traditional qualities of glass--mainly transparent or reflective. The opaque colors he has chosen for some of these pieces, and especially the ones that have etched surfaces, help to achieve an appearance that the viewer has to maybe ponder for a second or two about the material used in the objects’ creation.
Utilizing traditional Italian cane (linework) techniques in new and personalized ways is the driving force behind most of Josh's current designs. He considers the pieces he makes to be documents along the way of a (hopefully) life-long journey of both refining the necessary skills and developing the patience one needs in order to create with this captivating and mesmerizing material, especially in its molten state.