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Biography: Chad Balster

Chad Balster
Chad Balster

In 1996 Chad Balster began working in glass in Minneapolis as a summer job. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, worked in Seattle, and then in Louisville where he was invited to be a resident artist at Louisville Glassworks. In 2007, he was awarded a commission, in partnership with Louisville Glassworks and Westport Village, to engineer and fabricate the equipment for “Juicy Lucy – The Glassblowing Hot Rod,” a mobile glassblowing studio in a van. In 2012, he started Chad Balster Glass and began producing art, teaching classes, and building his own line of mobile glassblowing equipment. He explains: “Art that speaks on a number of levels contains more potential for experience. That interaction is what my work is about; it becomes a conversation between the artist / art / participant."

He has taught Beginning Glassblowing at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and has been a teaching assistant for Mark Matthews.