Steve Hagan

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.

Artist Insights

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.

My love affair with glass is only matched with food. Raised by a professional cook, I spent my childhood in the kitchen. The colors, aromas, textures, and tastes of food thrill me. And so, it is not surprising that over the past eight years, I have been developing and working with murrini patterns that reference food, citrus fruit to be precise. Their basic, bright, and beautiful forms are composed of pith, pulp, and rind. In glass, they reflect and transmit light in a way that captures my awe of their natural perfection.

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