What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Bug Guy


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Wesley Fleming

Calling the amazingly-lifelike glass insects created by artist Wesley Fleming cute is not quite right, but there’s something darling about them anyway. The MIT Glass Lab-trained artist has been working with glass for nearly 20 years, and he has positively perfected his representations of insects. (How did I not know about MITGL? I clearly need to get myself there to check it out.) As a child in rural Pennsylvania, Fleming got in the habit of taking walks the woods, looking under logs and rocks, and getting inspired by whatever crawls out. That sounds both fascinating and gross. I’m in!

Fleming works with a hand torch and soft borosilicate glass rods to meticulously create his beautiful bugs. He learned the technique studying with glass masters Vittorio Costantini and Lucio Bubacco on the Venetian island of Murano, Italy. And while his use of color and pattern may be fanciful, his insect anatomy and dimensions are faithful to the original.

You can see all of Wesley Fleming’s wonderful glass creations on his website and on Instagram and Etsy.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

17 thoughts on “The Bug Guy

  1. He has created lovely likenesses of some of my favorite bugs and the necessary flowers. The pieces all look quite intricate. I love the mantis and his sense of humor about the carnage.

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  2. Oh he is good and really knows his bugs.

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  3. How wonderful! I want one.

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  4. These glass insects really “bug me”.

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  5. creepy, but still beautiful. I wouldn’t want one though.

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  6. These are wonderful. Thank you Donna. Such color to brighten a grey morning with snow in the offing!

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