Our new blog series, “Glass Corner” is all about getting to know those who make Dallas Glass Art. At DGA, we firmly believe that glass embodies teamwork so naturally, we become family!
In the spirit of family, we invite you to sit down and relax. In our first “Glass Corner,” we would like to introduce you to Clay. Clay is our lead instructor for Dallas Glass Art and glassblower/assistant for Carlyn Ray Designs. As a husband and father of two, Clay is a task master who balances all. Once he found a few seconds to spare (miraculously), we asked him a few questions:
Tell us about your glass experience.
I received my BFA at West Texas A&M University in studio art glass with a minor in sculpture under the guidance of professor Chad Holiday.
The Challenge! Glass is one of the most difficult mediums I have ever worked with. As soon as I think I have it all figured out, the material throws me a curve ball and reminds me there is always more to learn.
What has glass taught you?
Glass has taught me the importance of making mistakes. Its never fun to shatter a piece on the floor, but if you never push your limits it is impossible to grow. Making mistakes is an opportunity to meet a challenge and wrestle with it until you understand how to overcome it. I was told in school that the true sign of a skilled glass artist is not what they can create, but what they can fix.
What style do you enjoy?
I don’t know that I have settled into one particular style yet. As far as coloring glass, I tend to work more with patterns of colored glass canes which stem from Italian glass. I also enjoy grinding, cutting and polishing my pieces once they are cooled. This process comes from an affinity towards Czech and Swedish glass. The forms I enjoy making are both sculptural vessels and the challenge of traditional forms.
Clay’s a busy guy so that’s all we had time for today but if you would like to meet Clay, you can work one-on-one with him during a private lesson or even take a more in-depth classes through his Hot 1 course!
Comment below with some questions you would like to ask him or any other featured DGA team member in future Glass Corners!