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Paul D. Harrie

Paul Harrie

"I make glass because it brings me tremendous satisfaction. Glass and glassblowing have always been a joy to me. It is my means of expression as an artist."

Paul Harrie died on February 8th, 2017. Paul was driven to make the best work that he could. Growing up in North Dakota, he was influenced by that pristine snow-covered landscape and the clear, icy light of winter. He was always in love with nature, high-mountain streams, rock formations, and grand vistas. Much of the work he conceived was inspired while hiking in the High Sierras or fly fishing on a remote mountain stream.

Paul used the Italian techniques of canework to create unique pieces. He pulled rods of colored glass encased in clear glass to a length of ninety to one hundred feet, the diameter of pencil lead. After cutting the cane into toothpick lengths, he carefully sized the pieces using a wire gauge. Using these pieces of cane, he picked up patterns to create the spiral designs found in his paperweights and perfume bottles. Gathering clear glass allowed him to build up clear layers, while rolling the work in powdered colored glass creates the colored layers in his pieces. He cut the finished pieces with a diamond saw and used five separate grinding steps to finish with an optical polish. The finished piece is remarkably intricate and finished to an exceptional level.

Paul Harrie received his B.F.A. from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Vernon Brejcha, one of Harvey Littleton's original students. He received his M.F.A. from UCLA, where he studied with Richard Marquis. He began glassblowing in 1975 and for 34 years has constantly strove to improve and refine his technique. Summer workshops include studies with Lino Tagliapietra and Walter Evans.

The beauty of Paul's work will be long remembered as will be his kind and gentle presence. He will be greatly missed. Limited pieces are available for sale.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
One Man Show, Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2005
One Man Show, Tectonics and Ellipses,, Albuquerque, NM, Palette Gallery, 2004
Art Beth-El Festival, FL , St. Petersburg, 2001
Containers of Every Kind, TX, Museum of Texas Tech University, 2000
JDO Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA, LA International Airport, 1999