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Biography: Eric Goldschmidt

Eric Goldschmidt, photo by Julie Delaney
Name: 
Eric Goldschmidt
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Properties of Glass Programs Supervisor

Eric Goldschmidt’s glass work allows him to share both his deepest passions and his skill as a glassmaker with the world. For more than 20 years, he has devoted his efforts to practicing and developing the techniques of several well-known glass instructors, while studying and assisting with many of the world’s most talented glass artists. These experiences have given him a vast array of techniques from which to draw upon, so he enjoys creating goblets and figures to showcase this ability to precisely control molten glass. “Glass is alive and moving and you have to come to an agreement with it, learn its needs, its wants," said Goldschmidt. "You have to work around those to get what you want for a finished object.” His work combines this technical background with common themes of the subtle energies of the natural world, delicate forms, and raw human emotions.

Although he has been working with glass since 1996, Goldschmidt actually started working with molten materials in 1993 as a candlemaker. After witnessing flameworking, however, he became intrigued by the process which led to him to take classes from master flameworkers at The Studio. Soon, he was hooked and began working at The Studio in the Make Your Own Glass Workshop and as the resident flameworker. “This gave me the opportunity to melt a lot of glass during very formative years in my career, and I was surrounded by inspiration,” said Goldschmidt. Now as the properties of glass programs supervisor at the Museum, he gives live demonstrations in flameworking, glass breaking, and optical fiber, in addition to teaching, lecturing, and exhibiting his work around the world.

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