Studio Visit: Glass-Maker Mark Pavlovits

Discussing process, passion and influences at the artist's LA space

Molten glass, metal rods, burning furnaces, cold water, strength and patience are the tools of LA-based glass artist Mark Pavlovits‘ trade. Pavlovits found his way into the perilous world of glassblowing when he least expected it, but it was a serendipitous occasion. After studying, apprenticing and practicing, Pavlovits founded his own studio in 2011, and since then has created sculptural, minimal pieces that are inspired …

London Design Festival 2016: “Breathless” at Brompton Design District

Exploring the essence of glass production and design with designers, glassblowing and workshops

With a theme of transformation guiding all the works within the Brompton Design District at this year’s London Design Festival, the Czech Centre London set to construct an application of this theme upon our understanding of glassblowing. The resulting exhibition, “Breathless,” does so in a way that captures the history of Czech glassblowing in stark contrast to its consistently unconventional developments. Both glass creation and …

North Drinkware’s California Half Dome Pint Glass

Molding an iconic mountain into the base of a hand-blown vessel

A little over a year since their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for a Mt Hood Pint Glass captured 5,620 backers’ attention, Oregon-based glassware company North Drinkware returns with a brand new product: the California Half Dome Pint Glass. Once again, they’ve utilized real 3D data of their mountain inspiration, in conjunction with hand-blown glass molding. This crux of traditional techniques and technological advancement is only …

UrbanGlass

New York's historic glass studio reopens in a renovated space, adding a gallery and storefront

BAM’s Harvey Theater now has a shiny new neighbor. Founded in 1977 by Richard Yelle and Joe Upham, the New York Experimental Glass Workshop—the country’s first open-access glass studio—has bounced around from its original Great Jones Street location in Manhattan to several other locales before settling down in downtown Brooklyn in 1991. Along with the move came a new name that was a little easier …

Lasvit

Visiting Bohemian glassmakers to preview work designed by Maurizio Galante and Arik Levy

We were recently invited by lighting specialists Lasvit to visit their production sites in Nový Bor, a small town north of Prague in the Czech Republic. We visited two different plants, met designers Maurizio Galante and Arik Levy, and previewed their products that will debut at Milan Design Week. During the trip, we had the chance to see glassmakers using breath and gravity in the …