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Thurso glass artist spreads his skills stateside


By David G Scott

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Thurso glass artist Ian Pearson has recently returned from the USA where he shared his creative skills at the Salem Community College Glass Centre.

Ian Pearson shared his creative skills at the Salem Community College Glass Centre.
Ian Pearson shared his creative skills at the Salem Community College Glass Centre.

This is the largest glass training of its type in the USA and Ian’s attendance formed a key element at the symposium organised by the American Scientific Glassblowers Society.

Ian explained that he felt it a privilege to be present at the symposium which attracted delegates from all over the World. One evening, during the proceedings, over 30 burners were lit and 30 glassblowers worked on individual works of glass art.

Ian instigated a project which saw him gather a team of glassblowers to join short pieces of glass tubes together to form a long length.
Ian instigated a project which saw him gather a team of glassblowers to join short pieces of glass tubes together to form a long length.

He instigated a project which saw him gather a team of glassblowers to join short pieces of glass tubes together to form a long length. A total length of 60ft was achieved in 20 minutes.

Ian explained: “The idea behind the project is for it to be seen as a friendly competition in that this attempt will be challenged later in the year by British glassblowers and, then again, the challenge will be sent to the German Society of Scientific Glassblowers.

“At the end of the year the winning society of scientific glassblowers will be announced.”

Ian joins lengths of glass at the Salem Community College Glass Centre.
Ian joins lengths of glass at the Salem Community College Glass Centre.
A total length of 60ft was achieved in 20 minutes.
A total length of 60ft was achieved in 20 minutes.

The event commenced a busy period for Ian as currently with the Society of Caithness Artists he is helping organise its annual exhibition.

Following that, six of Ian’s sculptures will be on show at the Big Art Show in Paisley.

In August, Ian will be leading a master class in scientific glassblowing at the International Festival of Glass at Stourbridge in England.

The Society of Caithness Artists’ next show will be at the ETEC building in Thurso on July 22.


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