Visiting Artist Series
November 18, 2004
Treg Silkwood Glassblowing
Treg Silkwood was born and raised in Montana. Growing up he knew that he wanted to work with his hands. He studied pre-medicine at the University of Montana before deciding to pursue a career in the arts. In 1996 he received his BFA from Alfred University graduating the Top Student of the Art and Design school. At Alfred, he was exposed to a variety of art making materials and processes and concentrated primarily on mixed-media sculpture and cast glass. In 1995 he spent a semester studying at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. In the Atelier of Glass he learned Czech mold-melted glass and cold-working techniques.
Treg spent the next five years working as a production glass blower recreating early American glass at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. At the Village, he deepened his appreciation for the history and the craft of working with glass. It was there that he discovered the value of using glass as a vehicle of expression.
Treg has demonstrated and taught glassblowing at numerous institutions and various glass shops and schools across the United States and abroad, including Kent State University, Ohio; Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada; and the Corning Museum of Glass, New York. He has been a teaching assistant for Elio Quarisa, Bill Gudenrath, and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, and has worked with Martin Blank, Jack Wax, Michael Shunke as well as many others. For the past two years he has worked as a gaffer for the Hot Glass Road Show of the Corning Museum of Glass, a state of the art mobile glass blowing studio.
He is currently working as an independent glass artist and instructor in the Bay Area. Treg taught beginning, intermediate and advanced classes at the Bay Area Glass Institute and is a resident artist at San Jose State University.
Free Lecture, Demonstration & Reception.
Funded in part by a grant from Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose and Arts Council Silicon Valley.
> Watch Treg create a conch shell (part 1)
> Watch Treg create a conch shell (part 2)
> Visit Treg's website