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Fritz Lauenstein

"Last fall, I was shucking Bay Scallops harvested from Nantucket Sound, before starting to blow glass, and I wondered how I had gotten this lucky."

For Fritz Lauenstein, the process of designing and executing decorative glass has always been an end in itself. Inspired by the ocean that surrounds his native Cape Cod, the artist is fascinated by the fish, the water, and the sand that is pushed and pulled by the storms and tides. Each time Lauenstein looks into the furnace, he is transfixed with controlling the inherently elusive material of glass.

Lauenstein first set up his glass studio twenty years ago, building all his equipment from scratch and using largely recycled and scrap steel. Keeping the process as simple as possible, the artist choreographs the blowing of his pieces without a large team. Beginning on a shoestring, Lauenstein grew the business by paying attention to color, design, and the function of a wide array of glassware.

Lauenstein first learned how to blow glass in 1974 at Gould Academy, followed by training at Goddard College, and Massachusetts College of Art. Lauenstein admits, "Having a working glass studio is an all encompassing proposition and trying figure out why and how this all came to pass is too complicated to understand." He and partner June Raymond started the studio in 1991 on Cape Cod and simply say that "the inspiration came to us at the right time and hasn't diminished."