MICHAEL EGAN

SCULPTURE + 3D

ARTIST BIO

I manipulate glass to manifest my creative vision. With only a few basic elements: silica sand, soda ash, and limestone, I use intense heat to melt a clear base glass, which I then weave into a tapestry of art and objects from the simplest vase to
the most complex sculpture.

I was born right here in Vermont in 1968 in the small farming town of Fayston, population at the time 273. I moved to Burlington to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture at the University of Vermont. I started hanging out at the hot
shop, owned by Alan Goldfarb, an amazingly talented glass artist and supportive mentor. Eventually I was hired on as first assistant, later running Alan’s second work station as glassblower while solidifying hand skills and developing my own creative aesthetic.

After my first apprenticeship I made piecework in a number of Vermont studios. Throughout the years, I was privileged to study with many glass artists including Richard Marquis, Jack Wax and Lino Tagliapietra. In the summer of 2000, I opened my own studio.

Much of my work is an exploration of possibilities using intricate traditional Italian cane, in the Murano tradition. Using a wide array of ancient techniques I blend clear base glass with colored glass from Germany and New Zealand, drawing and twisting large masses of glass into rods up to 50 feet long and sometimes no thicker than a familiar yellow pencil.

Making my own cane allows me the latitude to carry a creative concept from the very first hint of an idea to its full fruition. This cane, when broken into shorter lengths, informs the final design of much of my glasswork, both functional wares
and sculpture.

ARTWORK

Images shown are representative of the artist. Please contact the gallery for availability.

Edgewater Gallery
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