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Wayne Husted

Wayne Husted Design

"I love glass and I love jazz. Both jazz and the creation of art glass involve color and rhythm. Both involve improvisation. Blowing glass is a dance full of quick aesthetic decisions and timing. When it all works, it really swings! "

Think of Blenko Glass and mid-century modern glass design, and you picture Husted's distinctly sculptural, architectural-scale designs. Today, Husted is still designing in glass, working with glass studios nationwide and developing new techniques that push the properties and capabilities of hand-blown glass in the creation of big and colorful works of art.

The reason the artist's pieces are exceptionally rich in color is because of his technique. Each basic form is blown in fine, hand-carved, water-soaked cherrywood molds that are seasoned with a charcoal layer that absorbs the water and forms steam for the glass to ride on. This results in a brilliant, optically pure surface. Husted chooses bright and bold colors that are applied over fine crystal in the process.

Husted graduated from Alfred University (SUNY) with a BFA in industrial design and MFA in industrial ceramic design. He was hired as design director of Blenko Glass Co., where he created over 600 designs from 1953 through 1963. Since leaving Blenko, he has had a successful career as an artist and designer, and continues spinning out ideas in the creation of new works.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
One Man Show, Huntington, WV, Huntington Museum of Art, 1962
Inquiry, Cloverdale, CA, Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 2016
Permanent Collection, Corning, NY, Corning Museum of Glass, 1965-present
Permanent Collection, London, England, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1965-present
Young Designers, Akron, OH, Akron Art Institute, 1954