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Biography: Treg Silkwood

The flame from a torch illuminates the face of a man with short hair wearing glasses and sitting at a bench.
Name: 
Treg Silkwood

By bringing a flameworking torch into the hot shop, Treg Silkwood attains a level of detail that glassblowing alone cannot achieve. A glassmaker with more than 25 years of experience, he finds that combining glassblowing, flameworking, and fusing is rich in creative potential. "I am drawn to glass as a material for its properties of fragility and clarity, the way it captures and manipulates light, and its ability to metaphorically represent the line between the visible and invisible," said Silkwood.

In 2002, he partnered with his wife, artist Candace Silkwood, to form Silkwood Glass, a custom glass company specializing in marine glass sculpture, and the pair have collaborated ever since. The Silkwoods create exceptional glasswork that evokes a similar sense of wonder and awe to what they have discovered on their walks along the California coast. Works by Silkwood Glass have been featured in Sunset Magazine and are available at prestigious galleries including Vetri International Gallery in Seattle.

Silkwood earned his BFA in glass 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 Mobile Hot Shop. Silkwood has demonstrated and taught glassblowing at numerous institutions and schools across the United States and abroad, including The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass. He currently works as an independent artist, also serving as an artistic director and senior glass instructor at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose, California.

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