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Gretchen Marinov - Member 

 

I first saw glass making when I was traveling through Italy and spent a few days in Venice. We went in January and it was freezing, especially on the canals. At some point we accidentally found our way into a glassblowing studio in Murano. I don't think it was a formal tour or demo; just four guys making goblets and chatting. And it was warm! I was immediately fascinated and spent a couple hours standing on the side watching. When I returned home I enrolled in my first beginners' class, made my first ugly, shapeless paperweight, and was hooked. 

I still love working with glass. There is simply nothing like it - an attempt to master heat and liquid using creativity, physical skill and strength to try to shape an idea into an object. Even after more than 10 years of working with glass, no piece is predictable and every time I make something it feels like an incredible challenge. 

I have been fortunate to study at several great glassmaking schools, including the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, and the Appalachian Center for Craft.