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Biography: Clinton Smith

Clinton Smith
Clinton Smith

Inspired by the flora and fauna of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Clinton Smith has been creating art in the forms of paperweights, blown glass, sculptures, and lampworked glass for the last 20 years. As a self-taught lampworker, he experimented with various lampworking techniques, finding the results beautiful but fragile. Smith soon realized that he could take these lampworked elements and encase them in in glass, discovering a passion in paperweight making.

Smith became interested in glass at the age of 19 after visiting Tim Bristow's glass studio in Webatuck Craft Village, New York. After working through an apprenticeship with Bristow for two years, Smith worked at Arnold Larson's glass studio in Poughquag, New York; Gilmore Glass in Millerton, New York; and several other local shops before becoming a full-time gaffer at Gartner Blade in Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, where he has remained for more than 16 years.