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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. 





Professional Organizations


Glass Art Society  2003-Current member 


Professional Development  


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.


Selected Exhibitions 


Zanadu Gallery        2012

Phenoix Gallery        2009

Gallery Fifty            2014

JCC Gallery            2006

Spun Gallery            2008  


Teaching Opportunities 


Waterstreet Glassworks  (Historical glass class) 2006

Snowfarm craft school (glass blowing) 2014

College for Creative Studies  (workshop casting) 2015 

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