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Featured Artist Opening Reception: Brad Smith

  • North Carolina Glass Center 140C Roberts Street Asheville, NC, 28801 United States (map)

Brad Smith began blowing glass at age 13 at Bucks Rock visual and performing arts camp in New Milford, CT. There he was exposed to a variety of mediums, but glassblowing had the most impact. From then on he was determined to be a glassblower. After high school, Brad attended Franklin Pierce College where he studied glass and ceramics. After two years, Brad was offered an opportunity to work with master-glassblower Peter Greenwood. After his two-year apprenticeship, Brad moved to Smithville, TN. He studied for the next 5 years at the Appalachian Center for Craft under Curtiss Brock. In April 2012, Brad completed his study with the culmination of his senior exhibition at the craft center gallery. In 2012, Brad moved to Santa Fe, NM to pursue glass full time. Brad built a home studio for coldworking glass objects, and continued blowing glass in a local public access studio. In 2016, Brad relocated to Asheville, NC, an area renowned for its long tradition of craft. Brad works as Studio Technician and staff glass blower at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville, in addition to operating his own business: Brad Smith Studios.