Biography: Aric Snee
Aric Snee has worked glass in studio, academic, and factory environments, and sees a rich connection in all of these experiences. After studying glassworking at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., and the Canberra School of Art in Australia, Snee worked in several private studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he began to develop a dialogue between studio glass and his traditional factory training and technique. Snee has also worked as a master glassworker at Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y., while pursuing his own interests as an independent artist. He subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Alfred University in New York, and currently works as a gaffer at The Corning Museum of Glass.
Snee was Artist-in-Residence at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass in May 2008. His residency continued the dialogue between factory and studio, to develop a design line that is inspired by the Finger Lakes region surrounding Corning, N.Y., and suitable for limited production. His work is inspired by the natural world and explores “the relationship between the fragment and the whole,” between art, design and craft, as he discussed in his recent TED Talk. Recently, working as a designer with the Danish glassware company, Holmegaard, he developed Urania, a mouth-blown acoustic sound amplifier. Urania was nominated for design of the year by Bo Bedre magazine. Snee also received a design award nomination for his Selfie Arm, a design which, like Urania, explores the dynamic interface between humans and their technology.