Where do I begin with the wizard we call Stephan Peirce? He might be the most talented glass worker I’ve ever met.
“His Tazzas might be the best in the biz,” Eric Goldschmidt from Corning Museum of Glass said to me at The Michigan Glass Project this year.
SALT x Stephan Peirce
Stephan is not afraid of anything and loves a challenge. He is also the most knowledgeable individual I’ve ever met in regards to lathes and equipment. His mechanical understanding mixes perfectly with his artistic ideas culminating in some of the finest drinkware to have ever been made. His color selection is on point, and his proportions precise. Stephan’s work is all about the attention to fine details, sometimes mistaken for machine precision.
His hollow handle mugs are some of the most expensive work I’ve been privileged to broker, and the new line is designed to be more affordable featuring more clear sections between his color work. The water bottles he made sold before I could even get them listed but we will be releasing more eventually. I’m hoping to have his new mugs available in more color options over time as well.
BB: Tell us a little bit about how you got into blowing glass.
SP: While in high school, after seeing flameworking at a local shop, I decided I was going to do it myself. Didn’t know how but I knew. So I bought a map gas torch and some color rods from Hobby Lobby and tried fixing all my broken pipes. Haven’t put it down since.
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I blew glass almost every day this week. That felt good, mostly. I’m working on a lot of repetitive projects and prep, which can get old. I’ve been able to squeeze a few fun little experiments in between the monotonous work, and overall I’m having a good time on the torch.
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