Curt Brock Smithville, TN • Blown Glass

"In the mid 1990s I became interested in developing a range of limited edition handblown vessels focusing on function, simplicity, and beauty, and formed CB Glass to separate this work from my one-of-a-kind pieces. "

"Most of my one-of-a-kind work requires such an investment of time that I can’t even afford to own it myself. I did not want people to have to take out a second mortgage on their house just because they fell in love with a piece of glass."

"This challenged me to apply my skills as both a craftsmen and designer to produce glass vessels that are more affordable while still being beautiful and unique objects."

 

"The way light and glass interact with one another has always interested me, therefore many of my pieces change color or cast beautiful shadows when placed in direct light. I try to work directly with the interaction between light and manipulated glass that causes shadows as beautiful forms themselves."


"Some of my vessels use opalescent glass, often with flakes of color like confetti falling through the air."

"Normally, opaque glass has a heavy and solid feeling to it. I was fascinated by the challenge of working with opal glass and still maintaining a light and airy quality."



 

Curt earned his MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois. His work and approach to glass was greatly influenced working and teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Here he met and worked with Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, and Stanislav Libensky and many other well-established glass artists. The experience gave him a much broader understanding of glass from a worldwide perspective.

Curt became head of the Glass Department at Tennessee Tech in 1994 and radically changed the philosophy of the program.

 

The core curriculum focuses on developing a strong foundation of technical skills both it hot and cold glass. Curt’s deep commitment to teaching his students how to make a living practicing their craft is one factor that separates his undergraduate program from many others in the country.

In 2009 he was awarded the Arts Educator of the year.

Curt designs limited addition and production work under the studio name of CB Glass. Pieces of his work are on display in over 25 national and international museum collections.

 

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