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Alan Goldfarb

New York, New York 1959

Active in:

  • Burlington, Vermont

Luce Artist Quote

"I am awestruck by the feeling of spirit that emanates from ancient glass, I feel as if some holistic link has been severed from the past. My aim is to reach back and channel this technique and aesthetic forward into the present." Alan Goldfarb, 2001

Luce Artist Biography

Alan Goldfarb began working with clay at the age of thirteen and has been blowing glass since 1983. When he first saw the glassblowing "maestros" (as he later called them) at work, he imagined a headline that read: "Unknowing Neophyte Stands in a Puddle, Steps on Raw Current, Hat Blown Irrevocably to Kingdom Come, Lives to Tell the Tale." For Goldfarb, glass undergoes a magical transformation while it is worked, and he uses his studio to rediscover glass history by studying and applying traditional glassmaking skills. His work falls into two categories: "Historical Derivations" based on classical designs, and "Historical Revisions" that combine significant themes from ancient glass with elements of pop culture.