“Blue Calla Lily Paperweight” by Christopher Sherwin. A white and yellow iris with green leaves sits on top of a cobalt blue background. It measures approximately 2.5″ w x 2.25″ h. Signed on the bottom “Sherwin Art Glass” and dated March 2015.
About the Artist
Art has been an integral part of my life for more than 18 years. In addition to glassblowing, I’ve also enjoyed exploring a variety of media and materials, such as music, ceramics, drawing, painting, and
woodturning/wood burning. I first encountered glassblowing in 1991,
as an “elective” during my senior year at Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven, CT, while earning a B.S. in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in Special Education. After two years of working in Maryland as a residential direct-care worker for individuals with
Developmental Disabilities, I returned to my home state of Vermont to begin my ‘lifepath’ as a glassblower.
In 1993, I hired on as an apprentice with Simon Pearce, Inc., a prestigious glass facility in Windsor & Quechee, VT, known for their high-quality production of functional crystal. I became a journeyman
glassblower and team leader, and my particular concentration was in
stemware and handled pieces (pitchers, tankards, Irish coffee mugs, etc.) as well as various bowls and vases.
In 1997, my fiancé and I moved to Chico, California, where she pursued her BA/Masters degrees in Speech Pathology and I worked as
a glassblower at Orient & Flume Art Glass, an internationally-renowned glass studio, known for their iridescent vases, intricate paperweights, and torchwork designs. For the next seven years, I watched and
learned from some of the “masters of the trade,” experimenting with new colors and techniques, developing and refining my own skills, and specializing in iridescent and torchwork design. I sold many solo and
collaboratively-designed pieces on the “O & F” production line, and had my own successful retail section in the Orient & Flume showroom.
In 2004, after our respective educations, wonderful adventures and life experiences, we returned home to New England to raise our daughter in the same close-knit community setting we grew up in, closer to both
our families. For the next year I worked to set up my glass studio, and on August 28, 2005, Sherwin Art Glass was officially recognized by the State of Vermont as a business, complete with a scenic location
overlooking the Connecticut River in Bellows Falls, VT. My studio runs with environmental concerns in mind; my furnace and all
equipment (except my torch) runs off the hydro-power generated by the dam here in Bellows Falls. It feels good to be “green” in the Green Mountain State, working in a medium that generally uses a lot of fossil
fuels! Reduce – Reuse – Recycle!