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.
Glass jewelry too is having a moment. De la Cruz, a Mexico City–based designer, sells her pieces at Bird in Brooklyn.
A longtime glassblower and sculptor, Drobnis has started selling his hand-painted-face vessels at Sounds, a new café-slash-shop in Park Slope.
Originally a furniture and lighting designer, Karlin released a two-tone bedside carafe in 2016 that is at least partially responsible for the current glass mania.
If You Want to Try It Yourself
The city’s top-three glassblowing studios.
647 Fulton St., Fort Greene
Fort Greene’s UrbanGlass has been around since 1977 and was where Dale Chihuly worked in the ’80s. Courses are taught by local artists and range from workshops (from $60) to intensives (from $890).
The Most Specific
142 13th St., Gowanus
It’s all about the highly niche classes here: from a one-day apple-making workshop ($180) to a make-your-own-shot-glass class ($220) to a five-hour terrarium intensive ($220).
The One With a Water View
499 Van Brunt St., Red Hook
Kevin Scanlan, a glassmaker who has shown work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Corning Museum of Glass, teaches beginner, intermediate, advanced, and private classes out of his waterfront Red Hook studio.
*This article appears in the June 24, 2019, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
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