Fresh Picked

Fall is in the air and the Autumnal Equinox  is around the corner, it must be harvest time. For me I have just finished a fresh batch of delicious pumpkins, and now it’s time to find loving homes for them.  This years fall season is bound to be different. With the recent limitations of social interaction the on-line market place has become more important than ever. We are seeing new trends and creative ways of social interaction. Just as the incredibly popular app Tic Toc has revolutionized short format movie bits. Online shopping and food delivery has become an essential service. All of these elements existed before lock down yet now have matured and become integrated into our daily existence. Moving forward will require much creativity and growth from each of us. I spend a good portion of my day growing my online presence and streamlining my retail platforms. This is especially important coming into the fall retail season. So from now until October 31st I am offering free shipping on my Pumpkin Heads with the “shipfree” coupon on my Fulcrum Gallery site

I use an optic mold to create the vertical ribs in each design.

Everyone loves a big glamorous stem!

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The Flea

Join me and my friends this Saturday 12pm @ The Flea.


The Flea is a Tacoma gem, a diamond in the rough and a needle in a haystack all at the same time. Tucked in between The Alley Cat Lounge and Emerald leaves Dispensary on 6th Ave. This may be the smallest retail venue art gallery in the city by far. The inside has the square footage of a Volkswagen bus, just big enough for a dedicated patron, and the limited capacity is perfect for today’s social distancing requirements.

What truly makes this venue so unique is its accessibility for both for the artist and the citizens of Tacoma. It’s an eternal “Pop Up” of talent constantly showcasing local artists on a day to day basis, you never know what you might find. Whether presenting paintings, prints, sculpture or Tacoma fashions the steady rotation of artists and designers embody the spirit and identity of our city.

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Market of the Beast

As our world shifts in unpredictable ways artists and culture adapt and populate new technologies. Welcome to Market of the Beast a traveling dark art market for the weird, wild, macabre, occult, and obscure. This organization has supported artists in unique “Pop Up” shows for years and now they are launching their first “Virtual Art Market” featuring 50 curated artists from around the region. I have created a discount on my site specifically for Market of the Beast shoppers. Type MTOB10 coupon code for a 10% discount on all purchases in my web store. Additionally I am listing many products however not all goodies wind up online so feel free to contact me about a virtual studio tour Sunday May 31st. Happy quarantine, happy shopping! – Oliver Doriss

Virtual Market of The Beast
May 29th – May 31st
12pm-11:59pm (pst)

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Aqua Alto

Although the water has receded, the damage has been done. Aqua Alto meaning The High Tide is a seasonal occurrence that grows worse every year. As a young glass worker I was lucky enough to have been indoctrinated into the Venetian tradition. One of my mentors and friend Maestro Davidé Fuin is a native of the small island of Murano just located off of Venice Italy. It is on this very Island where modern glassblowing has taken shape. Through my years of working and teaching with Davidé in Italy I have developed many friends and family that live and work in the Venetian Lagoon.

This years the Aqua Alto flooded the Venetian Islands 5ft. above the normal level. Many of the local businesses and shops were affected. I reached out to Davidé to see how his furnace faired through the flooding.


“No problem for me fortunately, but all Murano is on the knees, so I started a “gofundme” to support the glassblower community.” -Fuin

Support local Murano glassblowers to rebuild furnaces and studios after high water flood damage. The collected funds will be shared with those who have suffered severe damage and lost weeks of production. Please help us stand again!!
Read more – https://gf.me/u/wrmngw
Donate directly here: https://gf.me/u/wrmngy

If you can help financially great! Also these funds will go directly to the glassblowing community ,side stepping any parasitic political bureaucracy. Please forward this message to help us reach this campaign goal! -Oliver

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Fruits of the Hot Shop

If you have ever met me in person you know I entertain a certain degree of ridiculousness in my life. My new “Pumpkin Heads” are no exception. I’m not sure exactly how the idea came about, but none the less here it is. On a recent production day I committed some time to experiment with this odd design. As I loaded the first one into the box my assistant and I could not contain ourselves. We spent the remainder of the day laughing and joking about how silly this truly was. Fruits of the hot shop As an untested product 

The  “Pumpkin Head”, a silly and festive addition to your Baby Head Cup© collection. With the timeless tradition of glass pumpkin making and the tenacious creativity of the Baby Head Cup this cross pollination seemed inevitable. These silly little gourds are picked ripe from the vine resulting in a variety of stem like “hairstyles” and with nature on your side you can be sure each one is it’s own unique masterpiece.

Pumpkin Head is available here at the Fulcrum Gallery online store.

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Kelsey

The Trophy series is my most recent artistic endeavor. It all started when my friend Patrick Calhill and I were creating some glass pieces at his studio Area 253 Glassblowing in Tacoma. At the request of a patron we created a rudimentary deer skull. It came out so cool and interesting that I went into the studio myself to explore this concept. My goal was to create a variety of  deer, elk & steer skulls in exceptionally blingy colors and decorations then re-imagine them as a Mod Pop hunting trophy.  

Kelsey is a lovely marriage of aesthetics. The Heavy Metal look of this particular skull paired with a smashed audio receiving board became the perfect “Rock n’ Roll” statement. The decision to showcase the warped lines of the destroyed plate gives a humble nod to the varied history these items have had. Kelsey measures 8 x 11 x 6 inches and is currently available for purchase.

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Trophies at MINKA

I am proud to present a display of my new work, titled Trophies at MINKA in downtown Tacoma. Please join us for the opening of “Trophies” on Saturday, May 4th from 5-7pm. Show runs through June 30. -Oliver

In “Trophies”, Doriss renders precious deer skulls in jewel-like glass, creating sculptures that are at once modern and as darkly beautiful as memento mori. These works mine subliminal territory where the artificial construct of human culture butts against the “raw unstoppable forces of nature… I feel as though there are glimpses of reality when the cracks form in my societal conditioning,” Doriss said.

The works in “Trophies” combine a fragile temporality with an almost papal sense of luxury that is wickedly attractive. Turn a skull over in your hand, and you can run your finger across the rows of tiny deer teeth Doriss has carved in glass. “I seek to make connections with both my aesthetic choices and subject matter, often towing the line of the dark and humorous,” he said. Doriss is himself a 12-point buck in every sense of the word. He opened the seminal gallery, Fulcrum, on Tacoma’s Hilltop in 2007, and has presented some of the city’s most robust and provocative shows ever since. When he’s not running his gallery, he teaches Venetian glassblowing locally and in Murano, Italy (no wonder he always has such great shoes).

Please join MINKA in welcoming Oliver Doriss on May 4, 5-7pm (and beyond). Also opening May 4 is “Six Paintings”, abstract works by noted Tacoma artist and designer, John Vlahovich. Upstairs at Art Above Gallery, is an ongoing exhibit of paintings curated by Brian Ebersole. The show includes works new and old; some collected in the former mayor’s travels, some brushed by himself. MINKA is located at 821 Pacific Ave. Regular hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-5, and by appointment.

For more information, please contact verticalshout@gmail.com.(Featured: Ruby Deer Skull. Doriss describes this sculpture as, “Transparent ruby sheathed in silver leaf, a classic and especially blingy look. Inspired by Venetian sculptural sensibilities exploiting a similar use of precious metals and striking colors.” Approx. 8 in. wide.)

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Glass Break

A conversation with artist Oliver Doriss

Glass Break is an informal conversation series that lasts about 30 minutes and brings interesting people and ideas to the stage in the Museum Theater — free to the public.

MARCH 21: LOCAL ARTIST OLIVER DORISS
Hear from Artist and Fulcrum Gallery Director, Oliver Doriss. A local artist and ‘Maker of Objects’, Doriss will share his experience and its impact on the Tacoma art scene. Topics will include his long history blowing glass, including with Dale Chihuly and Venetian Master Davide Fuin. We’ll also talk about the business of art, including production glassblowing, gallery ownership, and selling works of art.

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Ruby Silver Deer Skull

Transparent ruby sheathed in silver leaf, a classic and especially blingy look. Inspired by Venetian sculptural sensibilities exploiting a similar use of precious metals and striking colors.  Ruby Deer Skull is approximately 8 in. wide and is the first from my Trophy Series to be completed with a display stand. As with many pieces of art the mounting and framing are often more involved than the creation of the artwork itself. This particular piece was recently donated to a fundraiser at Museum of Glass for my dear friend.

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