Erik Halvorson

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  • 28 January, 2013
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Blown Glass

I am an Artist and an Educator working primarily with glass. I work with many glass making techniques, including, cast glass, blown glass, kiln worked glass and illumination (neon). I am not limited to glass and often incorporate other materials into a piece such as stone, steel, bronze, Iron or clay.

I am a Wisconsin transplant who first formed his creative voice rummaging through the shelves and products in my fathers Variety store (then getting in big trouble). This was my introduction to a multitude of materials and possibilities, exploration to various worlds through merchandising. It would be many years later that this conglomeration of explorations are realized in a way to directly influence the way I use visual elements.

My path to art making came the way of a Plant Science Major at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, then one day finding my way into the Hot glass studio, part of the Department of Art (it was all over – my major changed). Later a stint at the Royal College of Art , London England , A Scholarship to the Taipei Normal University, Taipei Taiwan, A Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, in Millville NJ before attending Alfred University, at Alfred NY where I received an MFA with an emphasis in Glass/ Sculpture

Currently I live in Oneonta NY with my wife Su Yang. ( we met in Shanghai China, Su’s home town) Su designs glass and fresh water pearl jewelry that we collaborate on, Su will also on occasion help in the studio assisting in the hot glass process. I teach glassblowing at Hartwick College and continue to explore multitudes of materials trying to figure out how all this can fit together to make visual sense.

When I make glass I begin to work, not with the substance of glass taken for granted as we use it day by day, but with the potential contained within it. To emphasize this phenomenon; I contrast the processes of glass, which is itself a contrast in states of being. Liquid and fluid when it is hot, it remains liquid when it has cooled and has achieved the illusion of static form. Light, color, and form come together in the work, in the final, fluid stasis of cold glass. I design forms (vases) relating to the natural world, to nature. The light (life) within the glass is celebrated. Technique and shape create utilitarian form, but light gives it life.


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