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Brenna Baker is the founder and director of Hollywood Hot Glass. She began her career as a glass artist in Corning, NY at the age of 14. Learning the technical and aesthetic foundations of glass in Corning, a town synonymous with glass art, has allowed her many wonderful opportunities throughout her career. She spent a year working in Murano, Italy under the tutelage of Pino Signoretto, arguably the world’s finest glass sculptor. She then traveled the world on Celebrity Solstice class ships with the Hot Glass Show of the Corning Museum of Glass, before becoming the youngest Master Gaffer and only the second female gaffer ever employed by Steuben Glass. She also gained expertise in teaching through The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. These amazing experiences have allowed Brenna to be able to live out her life’s dream- becoming a successful independent glass artist. Brenna founded Hollywood Hot Glass on June 7th, 2013. She loves to share her breadth of knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm with the people of South Florida. “I am extremely grateful and thankful to have the opportunity to share my passion with our community everyday. It is a true honor to witness the joy glass brings everyone and is by far the most rewarding part of my career today. It inspires and encourage my creativity and I hope I do same in return." Visit: www.brennabaker.com to find out more!
Anissa White developed a passion for glass blowing during her undergraduate studies at the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After taking her first glass blowing class, Anissa fell in love with a medium that was both a challenge and excitement to work with. After taking several years of hot glass fabrication classes Anissa developed a style of work that ranges from intricate flora imagery to functional work including vases, cups and various vessel forms. She brings a playfulness to her forms through exploring color application techniques. Assistant teaching two workshops and a winter intensive course at the Hartford Art School brought Anissa off the bench and onto the floor of the shop where she discovered teaching students techniques and forms brought her as much joy as creating her own art work. Anissa is not only a talented glass blower, but she is also a very gifted ceramics artist. She is very excited to be able to share her passion for the art of glass blowing with the patrons of Hollywood Hot Glass as she continues to grow as an artist.
One fateful day in the summer of 2013, Hollywood Hot Glass brought another mind into the fantastic world of glassblowing: Richard Dextraze. The flames from forming his first soft glass flower ignited the furnace in his heart, and with his new found passion, Richard began exploring all the gifts that glass has to offer.
Over the next few years, he developed his love for glass into a hobby by flame working in boro silicate. While pursuing his degree in Economics, Richard found his way into the soft glass studio at the University of Miami, where he learned from Jenna Efrein. He gained experience as a glassblowing instructor in her High School Outreach program and was inspired by the experiences he had bringing new artists into the fold.
As a part of the Hollywood Hot Glass team, Richard wants to do everything he can to help make Glassblowing more accessible to the public. After forming the instant connection with the material in the way that he did, Richard hopes to share the same freedom of expression he feels every day thanks to the amazing fluid medium we call Glass!
Rob Farnan, a south Florida artist, gets his inspiration from the sea life found in the tropics to create unique, hand-crafted, flameworked sculptures from Borosilicate (pyrex) glass.
Educated as a Mechanical Engineer that designs unique medical devices used to treat cardiovascular disease, Rob combines his engineering skills to capture the sea life he encounters while snorkeling, or scuba diving, to create each unique glass sculpture.
Rob began developing his flameworking passion in 2010 after enrolling in a soft glass, bead making beads class and quickly transitioned to more complex sea life sculptures with borosilicate glass.
Rob continued to enhance his skills by completing an Ocean Life Flameworking Class at the Corning Museum of Glass in NY and taking an impromptu sea life sculpture class with an experienced glass artist at Zen Glass in St. Petersburg, FL. He continues to look for new learning experiences to develop new techniques and ideas that ultimately enhance each sculpture’s beauty.
Originally hailing from the beautiful eastern shore of Maryland, Brian Binkley describes glass as his ultimate passion. He received his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in Hot Glass from Salisbury University in 2005. Brian worked as a TA for the Salisbury University glass program for several semesters, teaching beginner and intermediate glass courses, where he developed a passion for studio glass. Brian has attended several master glass classes at the Corning Museum of Glass and Haystack Mountain School of Craft. These classes include ‘Creating and Using Murrini’ with Italian glassblower Davide Salvadori, ‘Pure Form’ with Australian glassblower Nick Mount, ‘Photosensitive Glass’ with New Zeland glassblower Luke Jacomb, and ‘Great Venetian Glassblowing’ with Italian Maestro Elio Quersa. Much of Brian’s work is influenced by Venecian techniques, including incalmo and cane working. He uses vivid color patterns and intricate designs found in nature that creatively influence his art. Outside of working with glass, Brian is also an avid fisherman, which allows him to incorporate his love and passion for the ocean and aquatic life in his art. Brian joined the Hollywood Hot Glass team in December 2014 as an assistant to Brenna Baker and workshop instructor.
Lauren Lue attended the University of Miami where she obtained her Bachelor's of Architecture and a minor in Fine Arts with a concentration in glass. She has worked with glass for nearly three years, and currently works as an artist designing and building store displays. Lauren is a part of the Hollywood Hot Glass team to pursue her passion of creating glass art. She loves to be able to share this passion with the South Florida community, and hopes that her work in the arts can be used to improve the community and the individuals who live in it!
Though his name may sound like someone who works with ceramics, Clay has unbridled enthusiasm for the art of glass. Though he is currently a student at The George Washington University studying Political Communication, Clay is overjoyed that he discovered the beauty of glass as a future lifelong love, right in his hometown of Hollywood. He became involved with Hollywood Hot Glass through his father Larry Joe Miller, who runs the ArtsPark Painting Studio right next door. Clay is currently serving as summer assistant with administrative functions while waiting to return to school for his Master's Degree in Media and Strategic Communication.
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One Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33020
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Hollywood Hot Glass will be closed for the holidays on:
Thanksgiving day 11-23-2017
Christmas day 12-25-2017
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Visit the Hollywood Hot Glass team today in the center of ArtsPark in Hollywood, Florida to experience the wonderful art of glass yourself! We are one of the largest and most interactive glass studios on the East Coast. Our experienced artisans make learning the basics a fun, engaging process- it may just lead to your new hobby or obsession. We also specialize in custom lighting, installations and one-of-a-kind art pieces, designed by collaborative efforts of preference, space and budget. Ask how to have your very own custom piece made for you or the perfect gift!
Visit our Hot Glass Class program, which allows visitors to interact with our glass-blowing artists in crafting their own unique pieces, or chill out at our free live demonstrations anytime we're open and watch our incredible cast of artists form molten glass into art! Our group sessions and private lessons are chances to learn the ancient art of glass-blowing at a very fair price. Our gallery has a host of spectacular glass items on sale, and you can always come in and talk to our friendly, experienced team with any questions about custom pieces!
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