I was first introduced to glass nine years ago, while in my sophomore year in high school. I was fortunate enough to meet up with a few local artists close to where I grew up in Western Massachusetts. I learned the ropes while doing a series of apprenticeships over the course of several years. It started with learning basic pendant, marble, and pipe making skills, and eventually moved into everything glass has to offer. I was heavily influenced by glass of all forms and began to make everything from goblets, to sculpture, to marbles, and a lot more.
Glass quickly became a huge passion for me, and I very rapidly decided to spend as much time as I could learning more. I even managed to find a way to obtain high school credit for leaving school a couple periods a day to get to the studio. I was very certain before finishing high school that I wanted to give it my all, and decided to blow glass full time. I started up my own little studio, and worked hard at building a business while working part time at a coffee shop. I sold my work at arts and craft shows for the next few years while building my skills.
I have sought out artists to learn from, and have had the privilege of studying with Milon Townsend, Roger Parramore, Cesare Toffolo, Robert Mickelsen, and Amy West. My current work is inspired by traditional techniques and the fine lines of Venetian glass, while also influenced by the exciting developments in today’s glass world and the current pipe making scene. My deep love of nature and my surroundings provide additional inspiration. I hope to continue to learn and improve my skills, and work glass for the rest of my life!
You can view my work on Instagram: @noahrockland