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Amir Shawn

Thanks for visiting our online gallery!  To me, blowing glass is a time to reflect—as I torch, fuse, and manipulate glass, my mind is free to wander, and I often spend this time thinking about the conflicts in various parts of the world, and how to achieve peace. I’ve always had an interest in history and culture, and being born in Israel within the context of war, I’ve always felt that it is important to be informed about our world and the background behind each conflict. Understanding both sides of every issue is so important, and I try to inform others as I constantly learn about our world and what happens in it. Peace is like glass in so many ways—so unstable, vulnerable, fragile, and easily-shattered. The name of our business was derived from this realization.

I have been a glass artist since 2001, when I was first introduced to flame-working by my friends Joey Morrison, Monty Gwaltney, Michael Conrad, and others. I decided to continue my studies in glassworking, first under Roger Paramore, Genevieve Church, and Chris McElroy at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle, and then at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, again with the maestro Roger Paramore.  I then worked at Pilchuck during the summer of 2006, learning the art of using neon in vessels, and watching demonstrations from master artists, among them Pinot Signoretto, Lino Tagliapietra, Boyd Sugiki, Ross Richmond, and many more. These experiences introduced me to the amazing possibilities of glass and provided me with the knowledge needed to explore them.

I started out making large blown vessels, but have recently shifted my focus to making small intricate patterns for pendants. The process of making these pendants is fascinating to me: although the pendants are “solid” (glass always remains fluid, even in its hardened state), their patterns are often created by drawing on the outside of a hollow tube, blowing the pattern out to a very thin bubble, and shrinking it back to a solid piece, which creates a very detailed and complex design. I love trying new techniques and methods and experimenting with finding new ways to create fresh designs. I strive to develop techniques and create effects that will impress even experienced glassblowers.

I also make glass beads, and I feel like this art form brings me back to my roots. In so many parts of the world, our ancestors used beads as currency and, in some cases, beads are still traded. While the value of money decreases, the value of a beautiful handmade glass bead will only increase in time. I am proud to be able to make something that will become more valuable through the years, and something that—unlike money—will endure time and economic circumstances.

One of the drawbacks to online shopping is that you don’t get to hold the piece in your hand and examine it closely before you purchase it. Right now, I am concentrating on developing my photography skills to meet the challenges of photographing glass. This is proving to be one of the hardest parts of having an online shop, so thanks for bearing with us through the learning curve!  I’m sure you’ll find that our photos don’t do our artwork justice—luckily, our lampworking skills are better than our photography skills!   But even a great photo can’t compete with feeling the weight of a piece and seeing its colors and patterns in person, so we do offer a money-back guarantee and promise to do whatever is necessary to make you happy if you’re not satisfied with your purchase.

Thanks for checking out our site! Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions or comments—we’d love to hear from you…