Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Glass by Three Brothers - Mazet Studio

We've been trying to connect with these three artists for a couple years since I saw their work in another gallery. Finally we've got some of their pieces!

It's very interesting to me that many glass artists start out working in clay. There IS a connection with glazes, since they are themselves glass.

These three glass artists do lampwork as opposed to glass blowing.

Glass blowing is a centuries-old technique of forming a glass item by inflating a small amount of molten glass on the end of a hollow iron tube, which is also known as a blowpipe. The technique can be traced back to approximately 50 BC in Roman Syria.

There are two basic types of glass blowing: off hand glass blowing and lampworking.  Both offhand glass blowing and lampworking involve hot, molten glass and a stainless steel or iron rod called a punty. They differ in the process by which the glass is heated and manipulated.

To read more about working in glass there is an informative glass site you can visit by clicking here.

Josh Mazet received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Oregon in 1999. After graduating he was invited into the Fine Arts Department as a resident artist. For three years he maintained a studio,  instructed the the U of ‘s wood fired ceramics class which included students and community members, and led 15 fires in the university’s Anagama Kiln.

    It was during this time Josh was introduced to lampworking boroscilicate. His work in ceramics gave him a understanding and comfort with flame, atmospheres, kilns, and the chemistry of glass. This compounded with the similarities of the medium, allowed for a smooth and rapid learning of a new medium.

    Timothy Mazet is  the youngest of the Mazet brothers, and the most naturally gifted artist. He has a great eye for detail and precision, which can bee seen in his Dichroic Vortex marbles.

He had always enjoyed drawing, and is a self taught tattoo artist. In 2000, Tim expressed interest in glass to Josh and together they quickly set up a small glass studio.

     Eli Mazet might be the most passionate glass artists you could ever meet. Setting up his own studio space within months of TIm, he was soon on his torch 30-40 hours a week.

In a few years Eli accomplished a level of skill that would take most  people a lifetime  Eli's enthusiasm for glass is contagious!

Next year Josh will be coming to New Bern to do a workshop on lampworking. Let me know if you're interested and I'll put you on a mailing list!

To see more of the Mazets work go to our website by clicking here.

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