The Art of Glassblowing Is Back!
Artist and designer John Hogan is dominating the traditional craft of glassblowing. Rich in colour and experimentation, his objects are both functional as well as sculptural.
Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, the mecca for glass production, John Hogan additionally learned the practice at the Toledo Art Museum known for its extraordinary and extensive glass collection. Afterwards he moved to Seattle where he still lives and works today and takes part in the revival of traditional glassblowing. In his production process Hogan relies on the deep Eastern European knowledge of cutting and gusting traditions. These traditions stand for simple design and highlight the optical qualities of glass. Depending on light and the influence angles have on the view, the colours of the objects change dramatically. Hogan's creations possess strong expression and their uniqueness has already caught the attention of studios such as Erich Ginder and the New York duo Ladies and Gentlemen who he has worked with in joint projects.
Text: Sara Umbreit
Fotos: John Hogan