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My name is Alex Craig, I'm a glassblower, and I live and work in Atlanta, GA. I discovered glass in 1998 while I was at The University of Georgia studying Art History. There happened to be several lampworkers in Athens who I became acquainted with, and it was through them that I developed a love for glass. I have always had an affinity for art and have worked with many different mediums, but when I found glass I knew I had found something that was to become an integral part of my life. However, the first stage of my relationship with it was in the form of selling it and not making it, although in my heart I longed to try. What I did instead was study everything I saw and heard about it's making.
In 2003 I finally took my first formal glass blowing class, this specifically in soft glass at the furnace, at a studio in Atlanta. At the time I was out of work so I spent a lot of that time hanging around the…

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  • Born on October 11
  • Joined February 2, 2010

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My name is Alex Craig, I'm a glassblower, and I live and work in Atlanta, GA. I discovered glass in 1998 while I was at The University of Georgia studying Art History. There happened to be several lampworkers in Athens who I became acquainted with, and it was through them that I developed a love for glass. I have always had an affinity for art and have worked with many different mediums, but when I found glass I knew I had found something that was to become an integral part of my life. However, the first stage of my relationship with it was in the form of selling it and not making it, although in my heart I longed to try. What I did instead was study everything I saw and heard about it's making.
In 2003 I finally took my first formal glass blowing class, this specifically in soft glass at the furnace, at a studio in Atlanta. At the time I was out of work so I spent a lot of that time hanging around the shop until eventually they decided that if I was going to be there they might as well put me to work. Over the next 4 years I worked my way from the shop apprentice, helping to make functional and sculptural works of art, to a lead gaffer making high end mold blown production pendant lamps for a major electric/lighting distributor.
With any time I had away from my work for the shop, I made myself available as an assistant to any and all glassblowers I came across. Along the way I met a glassblower named Algar Dole, who has ever since been a great mentor of mine, and from him I learned many traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques. Another Atlanta based glassblower who I met, named Tadashi Torii, also influenced my development. After he opened his own hot shop, named Duckbill Studios in Scotdale, Ga., I made the decision to move away from production blowing and eventually started working with him as his senior assistant making free blown art glass. During this period I also started teaching glassblowing on a beginning, intermediate, and advanced level. A few years later I became good friends with a lampworker named Lance McRorrie, who along with his wife Maureen owns Flametree Studios in Roswell, Ga.. Under his guidance I began to immerse myself in the world of lampworking, especially in the making of marbles.
Along the way, I've been fortunate to be able to study with Karen and Jasen Willenbrink-Johnsen at the Penland School of Crafts, and with Loren Stump, Robert Mickelsen, Emilio Santini, John Kobuki, and Travis Tyler (Aka. Daddy-O) at the Flametree Glass School.

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