Jim Downey began his adventures with glass in 1976 when he enrolled in Salem County Community College’s Glass Technology program. He learned the skills needed to create complex scientific glass apparatus during the day and the joy of artistic expression during the evenings. In 1978, he began his career as a scientific glassblower with EMR Photo-electric in Princeton Junction., NJ. He recently retired after 31 years of service to Schlumberger and is now free to pursue his own business interests.
In the early 1980’s, Jim satisfied his artistic yearnings by continuing to create glass art in the evenings after hours at work. He absorbed ideas and techniques from the various glassblowers he met along the way. His best teachers were Don Stoop, his boss at EMR, and Hans Geyer, a glassblower at Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ.
Jim’s glass ornaments have been developed over the past 30 years. The concept of putting a glass figurine inside a clear ball is known in glassblowing circles. However, Jim expanded the idea by using color glass and by developing a catalog of figurines that continues to grow every year.
All the glass figurine ornaments that Jim makes are signed, dated and numbered.