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.
The 30-year-old artist, who is represented by Vetri Gallery in Seattle, most recently released a series of funk-art-inspired sculptures called Little Monsters.
Baku Takahashi and Tomoko Wada, who met in a beginners’ glass class and are now married, make objects out of their popular studio in Japan.
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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