A few weeks prior to hiring Jacque, Lee had already secured his first commission. It was an outdoor sculpture for The Gant condominiums in Aspen, Colorado.
Knowing it would be a huge undertaking, Lee pulled together some additional craftsmen to make the piece happen. He contracted Carey Bringle, an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center/ mechanical engineer/ construction manager along with Phil Carter, a retired Houston real estate developer living in Aspen. Looking back, it is fair to say that none of us had a clue about hot glass or what we were doing, but we were doing it!
We worked in the studio day after day experimenting with color, ladling glass, cooling glass, and all things glass (that we knew of). We all had an incredible time teaching ourselves everything there was to know about the art and science of hot glass. We managed to complete and install the commission that stood proudly in Aspen, CO until 2011 when the Gant underwent a huge renovation.