Blown Glass Chandelier Artist Seth Parks
Having grown up on a tree farm in Maine, Parks has always been very inspired by nature. As a child he had an obsession with art, constantly drawing and sculpting forms out of clay. He always had a fascination with glass but never understood the process or where to begin. After graduating high school in 2003, he found a local glass artist who gave lessons to beginners.
After his first lesson he was hooked. He immediately developed a great passion for glassblowing. He is fascinated with the way that glass moves when it is molten. "I feel that you must move with the glass more than make it move." He soon signed up for more classes at Snow Farm, a craft school, in western Massachusetts. After taking several classes he decided to set up his own studio in 2004. In 2004-2005, he studied at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass with some the best glassblowers in the world, including Italian glass maestros Elio Quarisa and Cesare Toffolo, William Gudenrath, and Jesse Kohle. He also studied with Jay Musler at Penland School of Crafts, and Sally Prach at Pilchuck Glass School.
Seth gets much of his inspiration from nature. "I feel like I'm giving birth to new life when I create forms from nature such as flowers and sea-life." He often incorporates small natural forms into larger works. "My goal is to incorporate natural forms into large abstract natural forms that will inspire, excite, and soothe the minds of admirers."