Into the Fire

February 06 2015

My name is Zac Gorell and I am a glassblower.

Currently I am working on a new series called 'Beyond Infinity'. In this series I draw from my evolving curiosity about the paradoxes of the self in context. Growth and decay. Seduction and danger. Withdrawal and pursuit. Indulgence and restraint. Chaos and order. Strength and vulnerability. Permanence and impermanence. The structural elements in the sculptures both resist and rely on one another for the pieces to exist.

Being a glassblower never really crossed my mind until one day a friend mentioned that they were going to take a class so I tagged along. Walking into the studio I saw someone taking glass out of the furnace and I was instantly hypnotized by the glowing orange mass of molten glass. I had never seen anything like it and all I wanted to do was find out more about it. Shortly after I signed up and took my first class at a private studio in Cleveland Ohio.

After only a few weeks I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life and I never looked back.

Since that first class in Cleveland I have gotten to travel the world doing glass. From blowing glass on a cruise ship in Europe and the Caribbean to most recently spending a year in Taiwan building a studio and teaching glassblowing to art students at a university. Presently glass has brought me to south Florida where I am working on my new series of sculptures and helping launch a new art center near Palm Beach. If you are in the area I invite you to come check out the glass studio and if not I encourage you to visit your local glassblowing studio. I guarantee you wont regret it.

My website ....
zacgorell dot com

Thanks and feel free to contact me

Zac Gorell
[email protected]

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