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Biography: Phirak Suon

Phirak Suon
Phirak Suon

With a background in ceramics, architecture, and digital fabrication, designer Phirak Suon brings a unique perspective to glassmaking. Suon has been working with glassblower Brandyn Callahan since 2016, and together they explore methods between and beyond traditional glassblowing techniques and 3-D printing technology with the desire to change and modernize a 2,000-year-old craft.

Suon earned his BFA in ceramics from the University of Washington and his master’s in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked as a technician and production specialist for Emerging Objects at UC Berkeley before moving back to Seattle. He has co-taught classes at Pilchuck Glass School integrating traditional craft with new digital fabrication processes.

In November 2019, Suon worked at The Studio with Callahan for a collaborative residency, during which time they explored how digital fabrication and 3-D printing can influence how we produce and think about glass as a material.