Flameworking is a type of glassblowing that uses a gas-fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in the molten state the glass is formed by blowing and shaping using a variety of tools and hand movements over the open flame.. This form of glassblowing has been used since ancient times, but was popularized in 14th century Italy. Flameworking is also commonly referred to as torchworking or lampworking.
Eric Bailey began his B.F.A. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and finished his degree in Visual Arts at Oregon State University (OSU) in 2000. In 2001 Eric went to work for a small, nationally-recognized glassblowing business where he learned the art of flameworking. He spent the next seven years designing, creating, and producing glass art. In 2008 Eric built a glassblowing studio in his backyard (with the help of friends) and established e.b. glassworks. Eric personally designs and creates each piece of unique glass in his studio in Corvallis, Oregon.
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When he's not blowing glass or enjoying his 4-year old son, Eric spends time with his wife renovating their 1951 ranch-style house; their retro-inspired kitchen renovation was featured in HOME magazine in October of 2008. Eric is also an avid mountain biker and hits the local trails every sunday.
Retro Robots Done in Glass, BoingBoing, January 27, 2010
Glass Robot Invasion from Oregon, Wired Magazine/Geek Dad, January 22, 2010
Local Glass Artisan Hopes to Blow Away the Competition, Corvallis Gazette Times, March 29, 2009