Over the past couple of years as the ceramics craze built steadily to its saturation point, another artisanal movement has been swiftly gaining traction: glassmaking. A surge of young glassblowers inspired by the studio-glass movement of the ’60s are creating loopy glass straws and warped vessels (like those pictured above, by Jochen Holz, available at thenewcraftsmen.com) that have found their way into hypercurated homewares shops far and wide. In May, anecdotal evidence that handblown is the new hand-thrown was confirmed when online design magazine Sight Unseen erected a glassware exhibit at the Hudson Yards shop Forty Five Ten: Stylish young men and women (whose home shelves are more than likely lined with BZippy & Co. clay vases and Workaday Handmade ceramic mugs) mulled around, buying up handblown vessels by Sophie Lou Jacobsen and marbled cups by BaleFire.
These colorful handblown glasses made by art-world couple Blair and Eli Hansen debuted in 2017 at Mirabelle Marden’s Chinatown holiday shop.
The artist, represented by Friedman Benda, is known for his cashmere sofas, bronze desks, and, as of 2018, his glass straws, which were done in collaboration with Prospect NY.
The Danish designer launched her line of bubbly mouth-blown lamps in 2018 at 3 Days of Design; they have since consistently sold out on her site.
Upstate started as a line of dyed textiles by stylist Kalen Kaminski. In March, she introduced her Galaxy glasses, which she has since had to restock several times.