Biography: Treg Silkwood

Treg Silkwood

Treg Silkwood earned his BFA from Alfred University, and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and at Illinois State University. He worked as a master gaffer for the Henry Ford Museum and for The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow. He has demonstrated and taught glassblowing at numerous institutions and schools across the United States and abroad. He currently works as an independent artist and is artistic director/senior instructor at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose, California.

Silkwood pushed the scale and sculptural quality of his work during his April 2004 residency at The Corning Museum of Glass. He created a series of natural forms such as shells, stones, and leaves, inspired by his walks along the California coast.

He uses both traditional and nontraditional glass techniques to create his work and finds that combining glassblowing, flameworking, and fusing is rich in creative potential. By bringing a torch into the hot shop, Silkwood attains a level of detail that glassblowing alone cannot achieve.

He and his wife, Candice, collaborated to form Silkwood Glass, a custom glass company specializing in marine glass sculpture.