Learn the Ancient Art of Glassblowing and the Contemporary Artists That Blow Us Away Today

Contemporary Glassblowing Artists You Should Know

Want to learn more about contemporary glassblowing? Here are artists whose amazing works blow us away.

 

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly Glassblowing

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When you think of contemporary glass art, Dale Chihuly might come to mind. The internationally renowned glassblower changed the way we think about glass art. Traditional glass production prided symmetry and perfection, but Chihuly opted for creating organic shapes using gravity and centrifugal force. His floral motifs are beautiful explosions of color and texture, and they grace locales across the world—including his own museum in Seattle.

 

William Morris

 

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William Morris worked with Chihuly in his studio for about 10 years until he decided to strike out on his own. And it’s a good thing he did; for more than 25 years, he has created pieces that resemble stone carvings from ancient cultures, but they are all made of blown glass.

 

Flavie Audi

 

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Glass plays a pivotal role in how Flaviue Audi imagines a future world. Her pieces are colorful blobs that utilize the transparent nature of the material to create works that are both tangible yet so sublime you might think that they just exist in a far-off virtual land.

 

Cathryn Shilling

 

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Calling her work “woven glass,” artist Cathryn Shilling makes delicate textiles out of glass cane pieces. Once those are formed, fire and heat wrap them around blown figures. For Shilling, this artistic path was forged after spinal surgery left her unable to perform certain activities in her studio. But in finding new ways to work, she has produced these striking pieces that have earned her many accolades.

 

Rick Satava

 

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Artist Rick Satava creates the splendor of the sea in a blown glass form. His jellyfish represent some of his most iconic pieces, and their multi-colored tentacles look as though they’ve been frozen in time.

 

Deborah Czeresko

 

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Hungry? Deborah Czeresko uses blown glass and metal armatures to create Meat Chandelier featuring the likes of salami, chops, and more. The pieces feature a striped Venetian technique popular in glasswork.

 

Verhoeven Twins

 

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Brothers Jeroen and Joep Verhoeven blow bubbles of a different kind. Using the same material that scientific beakers and baking dishes are made of, they form delicate iridescent bubbles.

 

Austin Stern

 

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Toys are meant to be played with, but you’d never say the same of glass. This, however, is precisely what influences Austin Stern in his glasswork. “I am inspired by the bright and highly saturated colors found in the toys and cartoons of my childhood, and the patterns found in both nature and the world of fashion,” he writes. “ My current work explores interpersonal relationships, and mental health. The ways in which we support each other, take care of ourselves, and how we cope with various anxieties and fears are all concepts my work explores through a cheerful lens of brightly colored playful creatures.”

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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