"My work is constantly evolving, because that is when I am most content."
Glass Artist Brayton Furlong was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. Even at a young age he showed artistic talent and was encouraged by his teachers to pursue art. It wasn't until he was 19 that he discovered his true passion, glass. Using a very simple setup, and an instructional video, Brayton started educating himself on the process of flameworking. He was captivated by the medium and could spend eight hours or more a day working at it.
While teaching himself flameworking, Brayton landed a job at a scientific glass company. It was only part time, but it was there that Brayton learned the technical and scientific side of glass and its properties. It was also during this time that Brayton learned to build kilns at a local glass shop, where he traded his time for the opportunity to build one for himself.
Three years into his pursuit of flameworking, Brayton applied and received several scholarships to Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. There he studied a variety of glass working processes with master glass artists Gary Beecham, Henry Halem, Lauren Stump, Brian Kerkvliet and Paul Stankard. Brayton's work and career has evolved rapidly over the years with his current focus on fine art sculpture. His unique visions in glass and steel have gained him national recognition and his work is continually shown in many of the most prestigious shows and galleries in the country. He teaches private workshops at his studio and other facilities, and was recently nominated as a 2009 Niche Awards finalist.