Michael Egan received his BA in Sculpture at the University of Vermont in 1991. He then began working at a glassblowing studio owned by Alan Goldfarb, an amazingly talented glass artist and mentor. Eventually he was hired on as first assistant, later running Alan's second work station as glassblower while solidifying hand skills and developing his own creative aesthetic. He has been privileged to study with many glass artists including Richard Marquis, Jack Wax, and Lino Tagliapietra. Michael has been blowing glass in Vermont for twenty years. Michael's aesthetic is firmly rooted in the Venetian teamwork tradition. This type of glassmaking requires serious discipline and dedication. Michael looks to patterns found in the natural world and also music to inspire his designs. He combines classical shapes with contemporary colors and patterns, with a focus on function. Using a wide array of techniques he blends clear glass with colored glass, drawing and twisting large masses of glass into 50-foot rods. These glass rods, or canes, are cut to size and used in many ways. Most recently he has been exploring the art of making and using murrini. This material is made by slicing glass canes (like bread) to reveal their cross sections. These pieces are then encased with clear glass to create complex and highly detailed designs. This technique yields many visual results, from underwater wildlife scenes to very geometric patterns. Michael owns and operates Green Mountain Glassworks, an open to the public glassblowing studio and gallery in Granville, Vermont.
I love to make glass, anything, anytime, anyway possible. I make work that has secrets and surprises, almost hidden details that require the viewer to interact with the piece, turning it over in their hands then finding something beautiful.