Glassblowing & jewelry
Steve Hagan grew up in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art in 2002 with a focus on glass. Upon completing the undergraduate studies, he worked in numerous Philadelphia public and private studios as a gaffer, assistant, and educator. After graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 he traveled the country working in production studios and teaching university and public access classes. Currently a resident on the Pacific Coast of Oregon, his glass focuses on murrini techniques to create patterns referencing fruits and sea life.
In the visual language of glass, murrini techniques and patterning are my preferred vocabulary.
Murrini are made by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, which is then heated and stretched to form a glass pattern rod. When cool, the rod is sliced into cross-sections with each slice possessing the same pattern as the others. My attraction to this process is likely rooted in my early education as a printmaker. Now, instead of reproducing multiples of a two-dimensional image, I design and create repeatable murrini structures with colored and clear glass.