"While working at the torch in my studio, I am constantly analyzing and pondering how I might use glass to re-create and interpret objects that intrigue me, whether they are man-made or found in nature. "
Eric Bailey personally creates each piece of his unique glass in his studio in Corvallis, Oregon. Using vibrant colors, he is highly influenced by mid-century design.
Bailey uses a torch and open flame to create his artwork. Commonly referred to as flameworking, this type of glassblowing uses a gas-fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in the molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping, using a variety of tools and hand movements over the open flame.
The artist holds a B.F.A. from Oregon State University, where he studied ceramics. After graduating from OSU in 2000, Bailey went on to work as an apprentice for a nationally recognized glassblowing family business in Oregon, where he worked for the next seven years before setting out on his own.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Contemporary Flamework Exhibition, New Jersey, WheatonArts / Salem Community College, 2010 Scent Bottle Invitational, Dallas, TX, Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass, 2010 and 2011 Art of the Auction, Raleigh, NC, North Carolina Museum of Art, 2011