Hank Opal Jove (they/them) is a queer artist, poet, and performer currently living in Austin, Texas. They create stained glass sculptures, adornments, and lamps that depict the indispensability of awareness and are made specifically for those searching for their own version of peace.
What made you want to start creating or selling?
I have always been a writer by nature. Poetry is my magic and heart song and my purpose but it's excruciatingly cerebral and takes so much from me. I turned to making stained glass at a time when I needed a break from words. Through glass, I'm able to express myself visually in a way that is very healing.
What do you wish someone would have told you when you started? Did you have experience or did you learn as you went along?
I wish that I had known about "toxic hustle culture". I wish I could've warned myself about the burn out, about the exhausting overhead of selling art or how there always comes a point at which a creator will feel influenced to make things that other people want rather than make the things that their heart wants to make. I learned that in this moment- you have to be protective of yourself and your vision.
What do you love most about your brand? Or the work you produce?
I like to make brutal things, abstract things, strange things. I like that my work reflects these weird realms that I travel through.