Brent W. Swanson
College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI, 2002 - 2007
Bachelor Of Fine Arts: Crafts Major, focus in glass.
Teacher College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI 2015 - Present
Highlights: Teaching continuing education (glass). Teach precollege glass blowing.
Production efficiency (shop floor) The Glass Academy Dearborn, MI 2015 - 2017
Highlights: Currently in charge of expediting production rates and speed. Training apprentice glassmakers. entertain and create custom artwork for events and customers. Lead the shop during production. Design and implement glass product with limited resources. Self reliant and able to work without supervision and guide my team to be successful. Maintain production team motivation during production and manage competing tasks and multiple deadlines. Organize and troubleshoot a complex studio and team to complete work. Troubleshoot and diagnose equipment failure and or inhibitors to maintaining production numbers and implement procedures to continue working.
Glassblower Greenfield Village Dearborn, MI, 2013 - 2014
Highlights: Worked in a team atmosphere as a historical presenter to a live audience in the glass shop, participated in extensive mold blowing and instructed flower workshops, excelled as Gaffer/assistant creating a large portion of the early American patterned glass products.
Team Leader Simon Pearce, Quechee - Windsor, Vermont, 2011 - 2013
Highlights: Precision mold blowing on stemware team. Off hand glass Sculptor. Caster of glass. Mold preparation, care, maintenance, building, and troubleshooting . Operate mold-boy. Research and design; plus, custom projects were assigned on a regular basis.
Glass Art Society 2003-Current member
Jeff mack: Demo 2016
Jeff mack: Demo 2012
Kim hearty: Demo; 2009
Maestro Elio Quarisa: Workshop 2006
Maestro Elio Quarisa: Workshop 2005
Sculpting Bubbles: Eddie Bernard 2003
Mixed Media Glass Sculpture: Keke Cribbs, Alicia Lomne 2003
Blowing & Casting With Flame: Worked Inclusions Emilio Santini, Elizabeth Lyons 2003
Imagery In Glass: Lucio Bubacco, Paul Stankard 2003
Art in Life: Jay Musler 2003
Glass & the Light Within: Jacob Fishman, David Wilson 2003
Introduction to Casting and Mold Blowing: Henry Halem 2003
kilnforming; casting; beadmaking; fusing/slumping; glassblower; painting; flame/lampworking; accept commissions; architectural/public; coldwork/engraving; welding; metal fabrication; Packing shipping; stone work; woodworking; sculpting GB computer sys. operation; glass restoration; glass repair; Installation public/private.
Zanadu Gallery 2012
Phenoix Gallery 2009
Gallery Fifty 2014
JCC Gallery 2006
Spun Gallery 2008
Waterstreet Glassworks (Historical glass class) 2006
Snowfarm craft school (glass blowing) 2014
College for Creative Studies (workshop casting) 2015